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'Under God' Court Ruling Response from Superintendent Steve Mills [POLL]

Supt. Steve Mills responds to the court ruling on the "Pledge of Allegiance" case and take our Patch Poll.

Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Superintendent Steve Mills:

On Friday, June 8, 2012, our School Districts received a from Middlesex Superior Court in , et al.


The court upheld school districts’ long standing practice of leading children in the Pledge of Allegiance, which is also required by our state law. The court also affirmed the constitutionality of the Pledge as it is currently written, including the phrase, “under God.”


The School Districts have maintained throughout this law suit that they have not engaged in unlawful discrimination against its students, specifically with respect to their religious beliefs as was alleged in this case. We are pleased with the court’s decision regarding the claim of discrimination, and we continue to work hard to provide a positive and accepting educational environment for all of the children in the communities we serve.

Acton Patch NOTE: According to an interview with Mills on February 16, 2012, the case has cost the school district $10,000.

Michael Fleming June 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Jane Please explain how my comment was bigoted. Dying to hear...
Michael Fleming June 16, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Jane...it seems that you want PPMcrevice to "get out of your country"...you call MMP A "hypocrite"...you want Charlie Kadlec to "learn more US history before making such ignorant remarks"...and I have somehow distinguished myself as a "bigot". My my, you've been a busy little girl, haven't you? Seems you are the only person on these pages that has it all right, eh? What happened, did someone buy you a an iPad recently? Intelligent discussion and honest back and forth is necessary in a free society, and yes, there ARE more points of view that are valid other than YOURS. Dont be a bully.
Jane June 18, 2012 at 03:44 AM
First of all, only one view is right. While it's not necessarily mine, if two people have contradicting views, at least one of them is wrong, if not both. Secondly, my comments are in response to the "bullying" coming from the original comments. For instance, PPMcrevice said, "My suggestion to the "Jane Doe" who filed this frivolous case that wasted 10K+ of Acton taxpayer money: Leave. If you do not like the Pledge of Allegiance, go find another country to live in." Therefore, I suggest PPMcrevice is the one who should leave. But who needs to understand context or make meaningful points when it's so much easier to just troll? Since the comment about you being bigoted seems to be what touched a nerve with you, I'll explain. When minorities have challenged discriminatory laws and practices in our country, they have frequently faced retribution in their communities. Therefore, many choose to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from ignorant, hateful people who want to take out their anger on them. Just look at what happened to Jessica Ahlquist. Many local Christians threatened her and her family after she initiated a similar, but successful, lawsuit against her school district.
Michael Fleming June 18, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Yes, I know the definition of a bigot. Now tell me exactly how I became a bigot? Because I feel a person making a claim in court ought to be man enough to identify him or her self? THAT makes me a bigot?? Also, your stance on "only one view is right" is jaw droppingly appalling. Many people have many backgrounds, experiences, parents, schools and personal journeys that shape their views and outlooks on life. There are as many correct points of view on this planet as there are people. For you to pronounce there is only "one right one" makes me think that the next words out of your mouth will be: " ...MINE!!"
Jane June 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Let me ask you why exactly you want to know who in Acton filed this lawsuit? Do you realize what kind of retaliation they and their children would face from people like you? Again, look up the Jessica Ahlquist case. There's a reason our courts allow people to file lawsuits anonymously, and it's to protect them from people like you. "Also, your stance on "only one view is right" is jaw droppingly appalling." Really? Because my view is that there is only one right view, while your view is that multiple, contradicting views are right. If your position is true, then my view is correct, just like everyone else's. "For you to pronounce there is only "one right one" makes me think that the next words out of your mouth will be: " ...MINE!!"" Uh, clearly you can't read very well, Mr. Fleming. "First of all, only one view is right. While it's not necessarily mine, if two people have contradicting views, at least one of them is wrong, if not both." People's personal experiences, schools, backgrounds, parents, etc. lead them to have views that ARE wrong. If you are raised by racist parents in a small, all-white town down South and you end up believing black people are inferior to white people, your views aren't as right as someone who does not believe those things. Not all points of view are equally valid.

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