New Jersey district sued over "under God" in pledge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A family is suing a New Jersey school district and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance that students recite every day.

A lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District filed in Superior Court in Monmouth County, N.J., on behalf of the family, who wish to remain unidentified, and the American Humanist Association claims that the practice of acknowledging God in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheists, in violation of New Jersey's constitution.

But the school district's attorney says the district is simply following a state law that requires pupils to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.

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