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SJC considers suit to ban Pledge of Allegiance in schools

A family asked Massachusetts’ highest court Wednesday to ban the daily practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, arguing that the words ‘‘under God’’ in the pledge discriminate against atheists.

In arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court, a lawyer for an atheist Acton couple who sued on behalf of their three children argued that the reference to God suggests that ‘‘good patriots are God believers’’ and nonbelievers are less patriotic or unpatriotic.

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