Monday, July 16, 2012
Massachusetts court rules state law requiring daily recitation of Pledge of Allegiance does not violate students’ rights
Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Reg. Sch. Dist., No. MIC 2010-04261 (Mass. Sup. Ct. June 5, 2012), is an interesting cse. A Massachusetts trial court level has ruled that the state law requiring the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the state constitution’s equal protection clause and statutory guarantee of equal protection, or the school district’s anti-discrimination policy because of the inclusion of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge. The trial court concluded that based on the legislative history of the Pledge law, the inclusion of the phrase “under God” had not converted the recitation from a political exercise to a religious exercise.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein