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.
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