Judge affirms use of ‘under God’ in Mass. schools
A Middlesex Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist couple and their children who sued the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and the Acton schools challenging the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Judge S. Jane Haggerty said the pledge did not violate the plaintiffs’ rights or break any laws. “The Pledge is a voluntary patriotic exercise, and the inclusion of the phrase ‘under God’ does not convert the exercise into a prayer,” she wrote.