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    Pledge of Allegiance Goes to Court in MA

    The American flag hangs in a Peck Elementary School classroom Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Chicago. Illinois education officials expect more than a million students, parents and teachers to give opinions about what they like and dislike at school in a first-of-its-kind survey. The online survey began Friday and runs through March 31. A 2011 state law requires that children in grades 6-12 and teachers in all elementary and secondary schools be given the survey. They and parents can choose not to participate. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Everyone’s favorite classroom debate is coming to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on Wednesday. The family of an anonymous Boston student is arguing that the “under God” portion of the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory against atheist students and violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the state’s constitution. It’s the first case brought to court on a state level, and with the charge that the phrase is unconstitutional. The defense lawyers say because reciting the pledge is optional, there’s no legal violation, but the plantiffs’ lawyer calls the opt-out “exlusionary” and ostracizing.

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