Judge Upholds ‘Under G-d’ in School Pledge

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) -

The phrase “under G-d” in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t discriminate against those with atheist beliefs, a New Jersey judge ruled on Wednesday.

State Superior Court Judge David Bauman dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Humanist Association against the Matawan-Aberdeen School District on behalf of a family.

The school argued that saying the pledge is voluntary. Bauman agreed, writing that the Pledge has never been viewed as a religious exercise and instead is intended to instill honor, pride and fidelity to country.