It’s only been part of the Pledge of Allegiance since 1954, but the phrase “under God” has been the subject of a fair number of lawsuits, including new one in which the judge declared that it is not a “religious truth.”

S. Jane Haggerty, a Superior Court judge in Massachusetts, rejected a lawsuit form an atheist couple and their children, who sued their school district in a challenge to the use of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Boston Globe reported.

Judge Haggerty said in her ruling that the daily recitation of the pledge with those words didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights, and despite plaintiffs’ claims, the phrase “under God” was not a religious truth.

Judge Haggerty said the flag salute and the pledge are “clearly designed to inculcate patriotism and to instill a recognition of the blessings conferred by orderly government under the constitutions of the state and the nation.” She added that the addition of “under God” doesn’t “convert the exercise into a prayer.”

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