Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decides That the Pledge of Allegiance Does Not Violate the Constitution

This morning, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court finally issued its decision in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, the case that would decide the fate of the Pledge of Allegiance in the state. Unfortunately, they ruled against the American Humanist Association, saying “the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute.”

So the Pledge will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

It might help to have some background about the case:

On September 4, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard a case regarding the daily ritual of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.



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Cedar Rapids Fire Department Finally Decides to Paint Over Christian Imagery on Truck

You may remember that, back in March, a Cedar Rapids (Iowa) fire station was in the news after someone inquired about a fire truck featuring religious imagery and the words of Psalm 23:

At the time, the fire department was leaning towards allowing more religious imagery in order to avoid any possible lawsuits — opening the door to a fire truck with paintings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Shiva. (I’m sure no one would have had a problem with that…)

Thankfully, they’ve since decided to go in the other direction:

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Petty Vandalism Against Atheist Adopt-a-Highway Sign in Nebraska

This is what the Omaha Atheists’ Adopt-a-Highway sign looks like right now:



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Focus on the Family Has a Bizarre Vision of What Not-Explicitly-Christian Invocations Look Like

Yesterday, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink posted a video about the recent Supreme Court decision allowing government prayer. They want to show that while the vote went their way, it was only a 5-4 decision… and they describe the horrors of what would’ve happened if it went 5-4 in the other direction with mock invocation and all:



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Saudi Blogger Punished for “Insulting Islam” is Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail and 1000 Lashes

Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics. He was sentenced at the time to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

His sentence was overturned last year… but that respite was brief. Yesterday, Badawi was given an even harsher punishment:

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