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06/26/2002 Entry: "Court rejects Pledge of Allegiance"

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 — The Pledge of Allegiance is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and cannot be recited in schools, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

THE 9TH U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 1954 act of Congress inserting the phrase “under God” after the phrase “one nation” in the pledge.

"A profession that we are a nation ‘under God’ is identical, for Establishment Clause purposes, to a profession that we are a nation ‘under Jesus,’ a nation ‘under Vishnu,’ a nation ‘under Zeus,’ or a nation ‘under no god,’ because none of these professions can be neutral with respect to religion,” Judge Alfred T. Goodwin wrote for the three-judge panel.

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Replies: 4 people with an opinion

EXACTLY. It's totally useless except to make a certain group of people feel like their shit is more important than someone else who doesn't share their beliefs.

Posted by sean @ 07/05/2002 10:53 AM PST

I agree, It should be taken out. And what the fuck is up with the prayer before each session in congress or the senate. That's total fucking bullshit and a great offence to anyone who really belieives in the seperation of church and state. I agree with that court's decision! We ain't under shit except the constitution of the country. FUCK that bullshit! I for one will not cast a vote for anyone who suports that phrase, or praying in any government building as a group before a session of government begins.

Posted by G.E.F. @ 07/04/2002 10:19 AM PST

if you read their argument it actually makes sense, it never should have been added in the first place.

Posted by doug @ 06/27/2002 05:43 PM PST

And just as quickly congress said that it should be appealed.

Posted by Thomas Packard @ 06/26/2002 02:39 PM PST

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