editorial | Pledge of allegiance
Reciting an old argument
There are good reasons to keep religion where it most belongs, in church and family life, and out of the public square. But relitigating tired arguments about the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t advance the cause. Alas, another pledge flap is in the works. An atheist couple with kids in the Acton-Boxborough school district claim that because the Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase “under God,’’ it associates patriotism with religion, and therefore discriminates against nonbelievers.