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Unformatted text preview: November 11, 2009 New Hampshires Pledge of Allegiance statute does not violate constitutions 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. Constitutions Establishment or Free Exercise of Religion Clauses. It also rejected claims that the states pledge law violated the Fourteenth Amendments Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. In addition, it summarily dismissed the claim that the pledge 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 childrens rights under the First Amendment because of the inclusion of the phrase under God in the pledge. childrens rights under the First Amendment because of the inclusion of the phrase under God in the pledge....
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2011 for the course GEN BUS 202 taught by Professor Parks during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.
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