Judge Says 'Under God' in Pledge Isn't a 'Religious Truth'

Published: Wednesday, June 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: A Massachusetts judge has rejected a lawsuit form an atheist couple and their children, who sued their school district in a challenge to the use of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Judge S. Jane Haggerty said in her ruling that the daily recitation of the pledge with those words didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights, and despite plaintiffs’ claims, the phrase “under God” was not a religious truth.

Judge Haggerty said the flag salute and the pledge are “clearly designed to inculcate patriotism and to instill a recognition of the blessings conferred by orderly government under the constitutions of the state and the nation.” She added that the addition of “under God” doesn’t “convert the exercise into a prayer.”

Instead, the judge wrote, “under God” was “intended to reflect the history and political philosophy of the United States,” citing Congress’ 2002 affirmation of the pledge.

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