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Posted on 06/16/2011 12:46:14 PM PDT by NYer
.- On June 13, the Supreme Court ruled against atheist activist Michael Newdow's latest attempt to remove the words under God from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court has again rejected the argument that saying the Pledge of your own free will creates an official state religion, said attorney Eric Rassbach, litigation director at the religious liberty defense group the Becket Fund.
The words 'one nation under God' make clear the bedrock American principle that our rights come not from the State, but are endowed by our Creator.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Newdow's appeal from the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Newdow had attempted to halt the ability of schoolchildren in Hanover, New Hampshire from reciting the Pledge voluntarily.
In March, the Supreme Court also rejected Newdow's appeal from a loss in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
In both cases, the non-profit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and global Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus intervened in the lawsuits to help school children who want to recite the pledge.
The Knights of Columbus led the effort to add the phrase under God to the Pledge 55 years ago.
The Becket Fund said in its briefs filed in the First Circuit and the Ninth Circuit that there is a connection between the pledge and other statements like the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address. The briefs argue that each of those documents express the basic American philosophy that civil rights are inalienable because government does not create them.
Rassbach warned, however, that Newdow's latest attempt to remove the words under God may not be the last challenge to the pledge.
Dr. Newdow has said that he will continue to challenge the pledge around the country, and we will be there to defend it, he said.
There’s still hope for our country!
I don’t care if Newdow or whatever the hell his name is says the pledge or not but I find it very offensive that he thinks he has the right to force me to not say “Under God” in the pledge.
Karma is a biatch...
Michael Newdow should be declared a vexatious litigant.
It can be argued he is only filing these actions because he wants to get back at his ex-wife, a devout Christian.
The courts granted her sole legal and physical custody of their daughter.
What was the vote breakdown of this decision?
“with Liberty and Justice for all...born and unborn”.
That should make their heads explode.
There was no decision. The Court voted 9-0 not to hear the case. Technically, this sets no precedent, but he lower court’s ruling stands.
Newdow is a pitiful little man with way too much time on his hands. Why doesn’t he move to Cuba? Personally, I would like to beat the crap out of him, but that wouldn’t be very Christian of me.
It wasn’t a actual decision.
What happened was that Mr. Newdow’s Petition of Certiorari (Petition for the Supreme Court to hear his case) was denied.
As usual, denial was made with comment. So now breakdown of votes.
Newdow is another example of a high-functioning mentally ill person who provides employment for the chattering class and entertainment for the boob-tube hypnotized.
For the record, Michael Newdow is a resident of the City of Sacramento and he lives in the southern part of the city near the intersections of Pocket Road and Greenhaven.
He is NOT a resident of the City of Elk Grove as the lamestream media periodically insists.
Yes. as always, the hope of authoritarian socialism
Newdow isn’t an atheist, he’s an anti-theist. He doesn’t just not practice religion himself, he considers it his mission to eradicate religion.
Many years ago there was a website that had a picture of hillary and, with a click of the mouse, you could slap her. Next best thing to being there.
Newdow: Oh my God,it should be illegal to say God in the Pledge of Allegiance.
"What's your degree in? Dentistry?"
Buy him a ticket to Riyadh, and let him spout his opinions there!;)
Good day for conservatives. The progressives cut off their Weiner and the SC cuts off Newdow’s.