Family Sues NJ School Over Pledge

    WARMINSTER, PA - MARCH 24:  Samantha Dracup (R), a fourth grade student at Longstreth Elementary School pledges allegiance to the flag March 24, 2004 in Warminster, Pennsylvania. An atheist parent, Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, California is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court today to defend his position that the "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. If the Supreme Court upholds and expands their original ruling, which affected western states, all U.S. children will be affected.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Samantha Dracup

    William Thomas Cain

    A New Jersey family is suing its local school district demanding that the words “under God” are removed from the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The suit was filed in conjunction with the American Humanist Association. The family has chosen to remain anonymous. The suit alleges that including “under God” discriminates against atheists, which violates New Jersey’s constitution. The suit states that it “publicly disparages plaintiffs’ religious beliefs, calls plaintiffs’ patriotism into question, and forces [the child] to choose between nonparticipation in a patriotic exercise or participation in a patriotic exercise that is invidious to him and his religious class.”

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