Posted 11 months ago on Sept. 5, 2013, 11:46 p.m. EST by WSmith
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Pledge of Allegiance 'Under God' under review in Massachusetts
[ It was a stupid rash mistake which should have been corrected decades ago ~ Time's Up! ]
Every attempt to eliminate the religious clause in the Pledge of Allegiance has failed, but the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts will hear arguments Wednesday concerning the wording.
Published: Sept. 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM | By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com
Every attempt to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance thus far has failed.
But one case in Massachusetts will be heard by the state supreme court on Wednesday, seeking removal of the words for a new reason: discrimination.
"This is the first challenge of its kind," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. "We feel very confident that we have a strong case."
The case was brought forth by an unidentified family of a student in suburban Boston, and argues that the pledge violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution.
This is the first case in Massachusetts state court, as previous battles against the phrase have been held in federal court over the separation of church and state.
"They're grasping at straws," said Eric Rassbach of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the attorney arguing to leave the pledge as it is.
"They know they would lose again if they tried it under the First Amendment, so now they are trying a new tack."
Rassbach dismissed the claim, as all students are allowed to opt out of saying the pledge.
"This would be very different if they were forced to recite the pledge," he said.
But Speckhardt says the opt-out is "exclusionary and unpleasant. Children are left with a bad choice: Either stand up and recite something against your beliefs, or opt out and be ostracized."
The phrase "under God" was added to the Pledge of Alliegance in 1954, after years of lobbying by religious institutions [& RW Psychos].
We all know the Under God part of the pledge was jammed in there ~ against our separation of church and state laws ~ by RW Kooks during the McCarthy Commie Craze, and it's a travesty that it has been allowed to stay in this long. Let's FIX our stupid mistakes! Dump the Under God now!