Humanist group sues school district over ‘Under God’ phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association.

The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.”

The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution.

According to the suit, the humanist group complained to school officials in February, but the district would not change the pledge…

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