Court: ‘Under God’ will remain in Pledge

May 10, 2014 by

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The state’s highest court today rejected the proposition that the phrase “under God’’ in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the religious rights of an atheist couple whose children are students in the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.

“We hold that the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute,’’ Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote for the unanimous Supreme Judicial Court.

“Although this court has not been called on previously to so state, we take this opportunity to confirm what has been obvious and understood to be the case for the decades since the [1943] Barnette case was decided: no Massachusetts school student is required by law to recite the pledge or to participate in the ceremony of which the pledge is a part,’’ Irleland wrote.

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