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An atheist couple and their children have lost their fight to have “under God” stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.The family’s lawsuit against Massachusetts’ Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and the Acton schools was thrown out Friday, the Boston Globe reported.
The family argued the words “under God” were a “religious truth” and contradicted their beliefs.
And while they admitted in court filings they knew they could opt out of saying the pledge, they still wanted the phrase removed, court records stated.
But Middlesex Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty threw the case out Friday, claiming the daily recitation of the words didn’t violate the plaintiffs’ rights.
In the ruling, Haggerty declared the plaintiffs’ beliefs that the phrase serves as a daily religious affirmation are wrong.
Haggerty also ruled phrase is “not a religious document or ceremony but a patriotic exercise,” according to court documents.
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