The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
WHDH-TV Boston, reports that parents are suing an Acton, Mass. school district to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, on the grounds that they discriminates against atheists.
The attorney for the parents, David Niose, said that the offending wording “suggests that people who don’t believe in God are less patriotic than others, and that’s just not the truth. Humanists and atheists are citizens, they pay their taxes, they get good grades.”
Dr. Stephen Mills, superintendent of the Acton-Boxborough school district, told WCVB-TV, Boston: “There’s absolutely no recrimination, no negative consequences ever against a child who chooses not to say the pledge, or in this particular case, simply say the pledge and not say the words under God.” Mills said he is obligated by state law to have students say the pledge.
The case, which began a year and a half ago, is expected to reach the Massachusetts Supreme Court by the fall.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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