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Family Sues N.J. District Over 'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance

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A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children. A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.
FREEHOLD, N.J. - A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children. The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and was announced yesterday by the American Humanist Association.

The group says the phrase, added in 1954, "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots." The school district says it's merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. It says individual students don't have to participate.

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