SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional.
In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals panel rejected arguments by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the phrase violates the separation between church and state.
Newdow's previous lawsuit against the pledge in public schools reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004. But the high court said he didn't have the legal standing to make the challenge on behalf of his daughter.
So Newdow, who is a doctor and lawyer, filed a similar challenge on behalf of other parents who objected to their children being required to recite "under God."
In a separate ruling Thursday, the appeals court also upheld the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on coins and currency.
One thing I find interesting is that the 9th Circuit has often been called "too liberal."
objected to their children being required to recite "under God."
Is this actually required anywhere? I went to school and my Jehovah's Witness friends would stand during the pledge, but never recite the words. This was true in different school districts in different states. I never attended any place that it was required.
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Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 3:50 PM on Mar. 11, 2010
NO say it aint SO. NOT inSAN FRANSISCO...this kind of mentality ONLY exists in the wretched BIBLE BELT!!! Oh NO!
Interesting. You know, technically it doesnt say WHICH god. Also I think that if you polled (and I am SURE its been done ;) MOST of the US would identify with believing in God. Maybe not under the same religion, and maybe not to the same extent, but I would bet MOST (and I am thinking in the 80-90% range) do.
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Answer by NotPanicking at 3:55 PM on Mar. 11, 2010
You don't have to say it anyway..Maybe they should change the "Liberty and Justice for all" part until that can be true!
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