Thursday, September 15, 2005

9th Circ: Pledge With "Under God" Bit Is Unconstitutional

The plaintiff, Michael A. Newdow (the same as the last case to reach the SCOTUS), seeks to have the pledge changed back to its original form when said by children in school. The original pledge lacked any reference to God, as above.

But don't forget, "[t]he 9th Circuit is the most overturned appeals court in the country and is considered by legal scholars to be the most liberal" (from 2002 WaPo article about when a 9th Circ judge made a very similar ruling re the pledge).

I'm betting it's overturned, anyone willing to put money on it?

WaPo article - Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to agree with the original l942 version in that it does not limit atheists or other forms of non religion adherants from taking the pledge.

9/15/2005 11:10 PM  
Blogger CRC said...

I don't really know much of the history of the pledge. But I do know the original said nothing about God. My understanding is that the God bit was stuck in there when we became enemies of the Soviets as a reaction to their "godless communism".

9/15/2005 11:27 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Why seperate god and country? Why would you fight and die for your countries objectives if the teachings of god were seperate and possibly different?

9/29/2005 6:26 PM  

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