Massachusetts couple challenges Pledge of Allegiance
A family asked the Massachusetts Supreme Court on Wednesday to ban the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The family feels that the words "under God" discriminate against their atheist views.
"The Pledge of Allegiance being said in class is kind of a tradition that the United States as a whole has always followed, so why not carry it out?" said Michaela Loynd, student.
A lawyer representing an atheist Massachusetts couple says they are acting on behalf of their three children that are violated when the words "under God" are included in the daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. They say even if it is voluntary, it creates bias.
"I think if they want to say it then they should be able to, but if they don't feel comfortable saying it then they shouldn't be stigmatized," said Kiah Crowley, student.
However, many wonder how far this ban would extend. There are many places where God is referenced on a daily basis.
The pledge is recited at sporting events and other public gatherings.
"I always said it. They even gave you the chance not to. But I think you live here; you should still say it. It's the one small thing to keep all your freedoms," said Ian Jennison, student.