Huffington Post Education reports on a new lawsuit in New Jersey that seeks to abolish recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit, filed by the American Humanist Association, says “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.” Read the entire story at the link after the quote below.
The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit Saturday against New Jersey’s Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District on behalf of a local atheist family seeking to omit the phrase “under God” from the school’s daily Pledge of Allegiance.
The family, who wishes to remain anonymous for “fear of public hostility” and “ostracism,” views the school-sponsored recitation of “under God” as discriminatory against secular children and their families, marginalizing them as second-class citizens.
“Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in an AHA press release Monday. “Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.”