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Top Mass. court supports Pledge of Allegiance in schools

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ACTON, Mass. (WHDH) - The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has expressed support for the Pledge of Allegiance being recited in schools.

An anonymous family from Acton-Boxborough sued the school district saying violated their children’s constitutional rights.

The court ruled that the words “under God” represent a patriotic, not religious, exercise.

“It's an oath of loyalty to our nation which we are proud to recite here in Acton Boxborough. It is not a prayer and it’s voluntary. Any family or any child can opt out, teachers make that clear at the beginning of the year,” Acton-Boxborough Superintendent Stephen Mills said.

The anonymous family’s attorney argued before the court that the pledge was discriminatory against Atheists because of the words "under God," which are included in the pledge.

The lawsuit, which started in 2011, cost Acton-Boxborough taxpayers $60,000.
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