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New Hampshire pledge of allegiance statute

New Hampshire pledge of allegiance statute - New Hampshires...

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November 11, 2009 New Hampshire’s Pledge of Allegiance statute does not violate constitution’s religious clauses Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Hanover Sch. Dist. , ___F.Supp. 2d___ (D. N.H. Sept. 30, 2009), is an interesting case that we are likely to hear more about. A federal district court ruled that a New Hampshire. statute requiring the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools does not violate the U.S. Constitutio n’s Establishment or Free Exercise of Religion Clauses. It also rejected claims that the state’s pledge law violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. In addition, it summarily dismissed the claim that the pledg e law was void as against public policy on the ground of failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. Lastly, the district court dismissed all state law claims without prejudice, allowing them to be refiled in state court. The parents of three public school students objected to their children being subjected to recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in school. Specifically, the parents, who identify themselves and their children as atheist or agnostic, contended the pledge offended their and their chi ldren’s rights under the First Amendment because of the inclusion of the phrase “under God” in the pledge.
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  • Fall '11
  • Parks
  • First Amendment to the United States Constitution, New Hampshire, Lemon v. Kurtzman, Establishment Clause of the First Amendment

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