Wednesday, September 14

Newdow and SF 9th Circuit Are At It Again! [Sigh]

Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional Wednesday in a case brought by the same atheist whose previous battle against the words ``under God'' was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on procedural grounds. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge's reference to one nation ``under God'' violates school children's right to be ``free from a coercive requirement to affirm God.'' Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2002 ruled in favor of Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools.

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When we last visited this issue, the Supreme court overturned the 9th Circuit on the grounds that Michael Newdow lacked standing because he didn't have custody of his daughter. Well now, he has the permission of serval parents to represent the same grievance on behalf of their children.

I wonder what the Supremes will do this time?

Anyone care to make guess?

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