Sunday, March 29, 2009

Challenge to "Under God" Phrase in Pledge

Michael Newdow, doctor/lawyer/atheist activist, brought suit in California courts over his daughter's forced recitation of the phrase: "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance. The Supreme Court held that there was a lack of standing and did not decide the issue on the merits.
"Congress revisited the Pledge of Allegiance 12 years later when it amended the text to add the words “under God.” Act of June 14, 1954, ch. 297, 68 Stat. 249. The House Report that accompanied the legislation observed that, “[f]rom the time of our earliest history our peoples and our institutions have reflected the traditional concept that our Nation was founded on a fundamental belief in God.” H. R. Rep. No. 1693, 83d Cong., 2d Sess., p. 2 (1954)."
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