On September 4, a groundbreaking case of great importance to atheists and humanists will be heard before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Doe vs. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is brought through the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, and is the first in the nation to assert the rights of atheists-humanist solely via equal protection and nondiscrimination. The case challenges the state law that requires daily school-sponsored and teacher-led classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, because the pledge's "under God" wording discriminates against atheists-humanists by instilling and defining patriotism according to God-belief.
Organizers and members from our local secular organizations -- including civic, community, congregational, and campus groups -- as well as leaders from the American Humanist Association, the Boston Coalition of Reason, and the Secular Coalition for America, will be meeting outside the courthouse between 8:00 and 10:30 AM. Oral arguments will be heard inside the courthouse from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. The press will be on hand to talk to the attorneys afterwards. They will want to talk to us as well, and to see in person what we all know to be true: that we are a community of informed, passionate, principled people who are ready to take action to defend our civil rights.
We encourage you to come wearing a T-shirt or button with a message supportive of the causes we're rallying for. You may make your own signs supportive of a secular Pledge of Allegiance and "one nation indivisible."
We recommend large sheets of cardboard or sturdy poster board. Don't attach sticks to them as the authorities may object. And let's all keep our signs tasteful and effective, avoiding the type of rude slogans that the media tends to over focus on to the detriment of the message.
Come join us and show your support for this important case!
If you have any trouble finding out group, call[masked]-4951.
Please share news of this event with your email contacts and your social media network.
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"Jane Doe & others vs. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District & others"
Case docket for SJC-11317, http://www.ma-appellatecourts.org/search_number.php?dno=SJC-11317
"AHA "Under God" Case goes to Massachusetts Supreme Court"
Facebook event page for the AHA court case rally, https://www.facebook.com/events/702376219788450/
"Mass. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Pledge of Allegiance"
by Kimberly Winston, http://www.religionnews.com/2013/08/30/mass-supreme-court-to-hear-challenge-to-pledge-of-allegiance/
"Mass. Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments for 'Under God' Lawsuit"
by Michael Gryboski, http://www.christianpost.com/news/mass-supreme-court-sets-oral-arguments-for-under-god-lawsuit-102842/