Friday, May 9, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional in Bay State!

Last September, I posted an entry about the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) hearing oral arguments in a lawsuit from an anonymous atheist family challenging the mandatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in school. Today, I am happy to report that our prayers have been answered: The SJC ruled that the Pledge is constitutional.

The Court opinion states that "Although the words 'under God' undeniably have a religious tinge...The pledge, notwithstanding its reference to God, is a fundamentally patriotic exercise, not a religious one."

Please note that Court opinion also states that the Pledge is voluntary for students, this is a matter of the Court's opinion, and therefore does not directly strike down the state law requiring all students and school employees to recite the Pledge. According to the Massachusetts Constitution, only the Legislature can change a law for the whole state(e.g. The Goodrich Case that said that same-sex couples could marry).

While this is a victory in sorts, there is still a long way to go in restoring patriotism. There is a possibility of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This can be used as an example of wasting the taxpayers' money on cases that are not a priority for the court system.


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