Posted by Tony Zango from ? (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 3:24PM :
In Reply to: Pledge of Allegiance posted by Jeff from bgp01107368bgs.wbrmfd01.mi.comcast.net (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 1:55PM :
I have a better one.
God, King, Country
Iranian pledge prior to Islamic Republic.
: I always wondered why "under God" was in the pledge, because it seemed to violate the separation between Church and State, but...
: Pledge Declared Unconstitutional
: Wed Jun 26, 2:31 PM ET
: By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Pledge of Allegiance is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and cannot be recited in schools.
: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ( news - web sites) overturned a 1954 act of Congress inserting the phrase "under God" after the words "one nation" in the pledge. The court said the phrase violates the so-called Establishment Clause in the Constitution that requires a separation of church and state.
: "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.
-- Tony Zango
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