Atheist group seeks to remove “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance using “discrimination” argument
Atheist group, American Humanist Association, is seeking to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts citing “discrimination”. The case will be argued on the premise that the pledge violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution. It is the first such case to be tried on the state level: All previous attempts have been argued in federal court on the grounds that ‘under God’ was an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state.
AMA says that even though students are not forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance, the words can still make them uncomfortable. AMA told reporters that a win in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriages, will prompt attempts to change the law in other states as well.
“We will absolutely be looking in other states if we should prevail.”