To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The Supreme Court of the state of Massachusetts will be considering the status of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. This issue is brought by a couple, who according to their attorney, consider themselves to be atheists. The couple is bringing the suit on behalf of their three children who the parents feel are being discriminated against by having to recite the pledge, which includes the words "under God."
Reciting the pledge is voluntary, so the children could opt out of reciting it, or say the pledge while eliminating the words "under God." Therefore they already have an out concerning this question, thereby making this suit unnecessary.
But they want to go further. These two people want to discriminate and force their will on the vast majority by not allowing them the same options they already have. This is not a question of religious belief but a phrase acknowledging the fact that this country does come under God, and our freedoms and liberties are His gift to us. If one does not choose to acknowledge this, that is their right, but it does not change the fact that this is the truth.
If a small minority can impose its will on the majority, then this country will be the poorer for it, and the road ahead will be bleaker and darker than it is now. If this happens, then God help us all, for only He can.