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September 2nd, 2013
10:10 PM ET

"Under God" from Pledge of Allegiance faces new scrutiny

This week, Massachusetts highest court is reportedly scheduled to hear arguments about whether the Pledge of Allegiance violates a student's rights.

At issue - the phrase "under God."

In this case, the people lodging the complaint are an atheist couple who claim the daily pledge violates the state's guarantee of equal protection.

But does their case add up?

OutFront: Reihan Salam and Dean Obeidallah.


Filed under: News • Supreme Court
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  1. Debra Vincelette

    IN America we have freedom of religion, why do atheist try to silence our prays., We leave them alone , please extend the same freedom. This really makes me think one state says okay before you know it all will follow. That will be a sad day

    September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  2. Debra Vincelette

    I live in MA and I'm so sick of people bashing God. If you don't want to pray don't. I have as much rights as the couple wasting our money bringing such stupid cases to the Supreme Court. They are cowards by being John and Jane Doe. What are they afraid "GOD" may hurt them, come on America ONE NATION UNDER GOD has been okay for hundreds of years, leave it alone.

    September 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  3. Millie Le

    Taking away the rights of other citizens are like taking a blessing if it is for your own pleasure is injustice when you know the desire of need for it but you do not honor the blessing to bless others are unrighteous.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  4. timcole1

    This was included in the Pledge in 1954 and was not reflective of the Founding Fathers wishes - in fact, the whole Pledge is not reflective of the Founding Fathers. I am not an atheist and I drop the "under God" when I say the Pledge. Moreover, I resent the Pledge being used at all; it has lost any meaning it may have had and only serves to isolate or intimidate in ideological or political fashion those who choose not to say it.
    I vote to take it out and return the Pledge to its former words, but I'd also prefer the whole idea of the Pledge to be dropped from public record.

    September 3, 2013 at 3:02 am | Reply

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