Pledge of Allegiance decision takes force March 10

  1. posted on mon, mar. 03, 2003

    pledge of allegiance decision takes force march 10

    san francisco (ap) - a federal appeals court's decision reaffirming that the pledge of allegiance is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion when recited in public schools becomes law march 10, a spokesman for the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals said today.

    the elk grove unified school district and the bush administration on friday threatened to ask the u.s. supreme court to review the decision, which bars recitation of the pledge in public schools in the nine western states the circuit covers. those are alaska, arizona, california, hawaii, idaho, montana, nevada oregon and washington.

    david madden, a 9th circuit spokesman, said monday that appealing parties can request the appeals court to stay its decision from being enforced pending an appeal to the supreme court.

    the case was brought by a california atheist who objected to his third-grade daughter having to pledge allegiance to god as part of her school routine.

    the case is newdow v. congress.



    any opinions on this?
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  2. 122 Comments

  3. by   emily_mom
    I think it's wrong. People need to stop listening to Dr. Laura .
  4. by   JedsMom
    Can we object to our children Not being allowed to recite the pledge?? God Bless America
  5. by   deespoohbear
    Maybe the guy who brought this case to court ought to go to some country where the citizens have no rights whatsoever, say Iraq, China, or North Korea maybe? Would probably be a good reality check for him!!

    This makes me sick....
  6. by   NurseShell
    THIS is why my kids are in private school - well not this only, but still!!!! GRRRRR
  7. by   Chiaramonte
    Sad statement on our already troubled society, isn't it?
  8. by   emily_mom
    We teach our children to be proud of our nation and respect national symbols. What is the govt. saying by this?
  9. by   Q.
    Originally posted by nurseshell
    THIS is why my kids are in private school - well not this only, but still!!!! GRRRRR
    Yup. Yet another fine reason the government gave me to keep my kids out of public schools.


    God Bless America!
  10. by   Lausana
    It just reinforces the sue-happy times of today. Instead of saying, hey that's not for me I don't have to believe it or do it, it's deciding that because I don't like it no one should be allowed to do it.

    To me I just don't see what's wrong with acknowledging a higher power...it's not as if the little girl would be expelled if she personally didn't say 'God'?
  11. by   bossynurse
    For 1 person a 200+year old tradition must end. Tell me how it makes sense to make one person who imposed his non belief on a minor child happy and yet the rest of the kids in the class can no longer participate in a tradition. Whatever happened to majority rules?
  12. by   Q.
    Originally posted by Lausana
    It just reinforces the sue-happy times of today. Instead of saying, hey that's not for me I don't have to believe it or do it, it's deciding that because I don't like it no one should be allowed to do it.

    Exactly. Those who sue in the name of "freedom" can't see the hypocrisy in their suits - by how it limits others.
    There is the option of sitting down and not saying the Pledge, or not saying "under God", but to force the rest of America silent?! I don't see how that benefits anyone.
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  14. by   Momto3RN
    Originally posted by bossynurse
    For 1 person a 200+year old tradition must end. Tell me how it makes sense to make one person who imposed his non belief on a minor child happy and yet the rest of the kids in the class can no longer participate in a tradition. Whatever happened to majority rules?
    No kidding! How does one person's objection cause such a drastic change? If people object to one simple phrase "..under God" with its reference to religion, maybe I ought to threaten a lawsuit against anybody in school who takes His name in vain under the same precept!

    Go figure!

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