Atheists such as Michael Newdow and the American Civil Liberties Union have been carrying on a campaign for several years to remove references to God from public life. They file suits against Ten Commandments monuments, prayers in schools, our motto "In God We Trust," and particularly against the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The atheists claim that saying these words is an unconstitutional Establishment of Religion in violation of the First Amendment. Several years ago, the Ninth Circuit Court on the West Coast agreed with the atheists on the matter of the Pledge of Allegiance, causing a big public uproar. It is clear that the American people like the Pledge of Allegiance the way it is. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ducked deciding the issue. So the atheist, Michael Newdow, filed his case again, challenging the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. His case again came to the Ninth Circuit, which sat on the case for a couple of years. Finally, on March 11th, this most liberal federal appellate court in our nation okayed the use of “under God” in public schools as fully constitutional.
The court's decision stated, “The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded and for which we continue to strive.” One of those ideals, the Court noted, was “the Founding Fathers’ belief that the people of this nation are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” and this is captured by the phrase “one Nation under God.” “The Founders did not see these two ideas – that individuals possessed certain God-given rights which no government can take away, and that we do not want our nation to establish a religion – as being in conflict.”
So, we survived another attack on our American way of life. It's OK to for school teachers to lead kids in the Pledge of Allegiance.
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