Media Advisory: Pledge of Allegiance Oral Argument Set for September 4, 2013

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For Immediate Release: July 9, 2013
Media Contact: Emily Hardman, ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7201

Watch oral arguments here.

Washington, D.C. – The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will represent local families and the Acton-Boxborough School District before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on September 4, 2013. The court will consider a constitutional challenge to the Pledge brought by a secularist group and defended by schoolchildren who seek to preserve the Pledge. After being briefed on the important constitutional issues and the broad implications for Massachusetts schools that the case raises, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed to hear the case without waiting for a decision from the intermediate Court of Appeals. This is the fourth of a series of major lawsuits that have attempted to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge; the Becket Fund has thus far successfully defended all four.

What: Doe v. Acton-Boxborough oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Who: Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel, and Diana Verm, Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

When: Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Where: John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108

For more information or to arrange an interview with an attorney, please contact Emily Hardman, Communications Director, at ehardman@becketfund.org or call 202.349.7201.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 18 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law.

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