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Thursday September 15, 05

One small victory

05:50 PM

A small victory in the Newdow camp occurred today when San Francisco based Federal Judge, Lawrence Karlton, declared that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional.

REASONING: The judge said the pledge's reference to one nation "under God" violates school children's right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."

But, just last month the 4th Circuit in Virginia held that the pledge is constitutional. Because two circuit courts rendered decisions opposite one another, The Supreme Court is now likely to take the case. This could get interesting especially now that the court is in flux.

I think "under God" should be removed from this pledge. Heck it wasn't even included in the original version. Between 1924 and 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance was worded:

        "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

It wasn't until 1954, during the McCarthy era and communism scare, that Congress passed a bill, which was signed into law, to add the words "under God." The current Pledge reads:

        "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The Cold War is over. According to The Establishment Clause, God should stay out of the public schools and all other government funded institutions. Remove "under God" from the pledge.

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