A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has filed a lawsuit against the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school district will be the latest entity sued over the two words. David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that he believes the pledge’s words are religiously coercive. “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said Niose. “Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.” The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of an anonymous Monmouth County family that claims the words under God are discriminatory against non-theists. More