It was in early 2012 that TheBlaze first reported about a Massachusetts family’s efforts to have “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. While the atheist parents ardently pushed the case, a judge ruled in favor of the Acton Boxborough Regional School District, finding that there is nothing unconstitutional about the proclamation.
The case is returning to the courtroom on Wednesday, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments at 9 a.m.
The current battle commenced in February 2012 when an atheist family launched the case to have the words “under God” removed from the pledge. Months later, in June 2012, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced the parents planned to appeal after the Middlesex Superior Court ruled against the family.
As The Blaze previously reported, the family decided to sue the Acton-Boxborough school system, claiming that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “under God” discriminates against their children. The parents, who wish to remain anonymous, are identified only as John and Jane Doe. They have three children in the district — one in high school and two others in middle school.
In Middlesex Superior Court last year, David Niosie, the family’s lawyer asked that the words be taken out of the pledge.
“No child should go to school every day, from kindergarten to grade 12, to be faced with an exercise that defines patriotism according to religious belief,” Niose said at the time of the initial dismissal. “If conducting a daily classroom exercise that marginalizes one religious group while exalting another does not violate basic principles of equal rights and nondiscrimination, then I don’t know what does.”
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