[Hpn] WHAT IN HELL IS NEXT REMOVAL OF AMERICAN FLAG FROM COURT ROOMS?

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Wed, 14 Sep 2005 16:37:06 -0400


Federal Judge Declares Pledge Of Allegiance Unconstitutional

September 14, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday it is
unconstitutional for public school children to recite the Pledge of
Allegiance.

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's bound by precedent set by the 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals, which ruled in 2002 that it was unconstitutional for the Pledge to
be recited in public schools.

The Supreme Court threw out that case, ruling that Sacramento atheist
Michael Newdow had no standing to bring the legal action.

Newdow objected to the words "under God" in the pledge.

Newdow brought the second case to the federal court -- this time,
representing unidentified parents and their children.

Wednesday's decision sets up another constitutional showdown over the
pledge.

The Becket Fund, a religious rights group that is a party to the case, said
it would immediately appeal the case to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals.

If the court does not change its precedent, the group would go to the
Supreme Court.