The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled March 18 that teacher-led recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools are constitutional. Atheist Michael Newdow has been pushing to have “one nation under God” removed from the pledge. Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said the court was correct in its assessment that the “pledge is not a prayer. It establishes a patriotic allegiance, not a religion, and it confirms that this is a nation founded under God, not under atheism.” In a separate decision on a companion case, the same three-judge panel unanimously rejected Newdow’s challenge to the use of “In God We Trust” on coins and currency.
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