MASSACHUSETTS -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments regarding a ban on reciting the pledge of allegiance in public schools.
The lawyer for an atheist family argued the words "under God" are discriminatory against atheist students. However, lawyers for the school district argue reciting the pledge is voluntary. Students have the choice to not participate, or even to leave out the phrase.
The case comes after the family appealed a state judge's ruling that found the rights of the atheists were not violated.