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  • Supreme Court rejects atheist's latest challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

    06/16/2011 12:46:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | June 16, 2011
    The U.S. Supreme Court Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2011 / 06:08 am (CNA).- 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...
  • Court won't hear challenge to 'So help me God'

    05/16/2011 8:08:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/16/11
    The Supreme Court is brushing aside an atheist's challenge to religion in government, refusing to hear a complaint about President Barack Obama adding "so help me God" to his inaugural oath of office. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michael Newdow, who argued that government references to God are unconstitutional and infringe on his religious beliefs. Many presidents have added "so help me God" to the oath.
  • Atheist Throws in Towel: 6-year Campaign vs. Pledge of Allegiance “Over”

    03/22/2011 7:51:21 PM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 14 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/22/11 | The Becket Fund
    Atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow announced on his website that after 6 years of litigation in federal courts, his constitutional challenge to the Pledge of Allegiance in California public schools is “over.” Newdow indicated for “reasons that are best not divulged” that he would not appeal the case to the Supreme Court.
  • Court won't hear challenge to 'In God We Trust'

    03/07/2011 7:49:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies
    The Supreme Court won't hear an atheist's latest challenge to the U.S. government's references to God. The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michael Newdow, who says government references to God are unconstitutional and infringe on his religious beliefs.
  • Atheist Goes Back to Court to Remove ‘So Help Me God’ from Oaths of Office (Comic relief/Newdow)

    06/15/2010 2:03:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 307+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 15, 2010 | Pete Winn
    ( - The self-professed atheist who failed to get the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional the phrases “One Nation Under God” (in the Pledge of Allegiance) and “So Help Me God” (in the presidential oath of office) is not giving up on his effort. California attorney and physician Michael Newdow filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday requesting an en banc (full panel) re-hearing of Newdow v. Roberts – the lawsuit Newdow filed to try to stop Chief Justice John Roberts from using the phrase "so help me God" when...
  • Court clears reciting of Pledge of Allegiance at Western schools

    03/11/2010 2:51:24 PM PST · by McBuff · 12 replies · 337+ views
    CNN ^ | March 11 | Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
    Washington (CNN) -- Public schools in Western states can continue teacher-led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, after a federal court ruled against a group of atheist parents. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, California, ruled 2-1 Thursday that the pledge does not represent a government endorsement of religion, prohibited by the Constitution. "The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God," wrote the majority. "Millions of people...
  • Judge tosses challenge to 'under God' -another round in war over Pledge of Allegiance

    10/03/2009 6:36:17 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 633+ views
    wnd ^ | October 2, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A federal court in New Hampshire has tossed a lawsuit against school districts in that state alleging that they improperly coerced children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, a decision that the American Center for Law and Justice, which represented members of Congress in an amicus brief, praised. "We’re extremely pleased with the sound and well reasoned decision issued by the court – a decision that rejects another attempt to rewrite history by targeting the Pledge and the phrase 'under God,'" said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, yesterday. Michael Newdow
  • Judge rejects atheists' 'so help me God' ban Pledge attacker rebuffed challenging presidential ..

    03/14/2009 4:12:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 519+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 13, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A federal judge in Washington, D.C, dismissed a case yesterday brought by Michael Newdow and the American Humanist Association seeking to ban prayer and the phrase "so help me God" from presidential inaugurations. Newdow, a California attorney who pushed a case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in an unsuccessful effort to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, previously joined Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and others in an attempt to obtain an injunction barring pastors Rick Warren and Joseph E. Lowery from praying at Barack Obama's inauguration. As WND...
  • It’s time to tell Michael Newdow and his atheist minority to go play tag on the railroad tracks

    01/15/2009 5:48:09 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies · 382+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Jan. 15, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Enough is enough! When Barack Obama is inaugurated, as he should, Pastor Rick Warren will call upon God to bless our 44th president and his administration. Obama will place his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s bible swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution. He’ll be following the honorable path of asking for God’s blessings set down by George Washington and repeated at every Presidential Inauguration. He’ll also drive the atheist crowd up the wall, but that’s their problem not ours. Americans expect our presidents to petition God’s graces because we are an overwhelmingly God believing country. Now the very way we...
  • Atheists want God stricken from inaugural oath....

    01/14/2009 6:20:32 PM PST · by TaraP · 13 replies · 442+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 14th, 2009
    WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama wants to conclude his inaugural oath with the words "so help me God," but a group of atheists is asking a federal judge to stop him. California atheist Michael Newdow sued Chief Justice John Roberts in federal court for an injunction barring the use of those words in the inaugural oath. Newdow and other atheists and agnostics also want to stop the use of prayers during the inaugural celebration. Newdow, who lost a Supreme Court battle to get the words "under God" taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance, has failed in similar challenges to...
  • Evicting God from the Public Square

    01/11/2009 6:23:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 695+ views ^ | January 11, 2009 | Ken Connor
    Militant atheists are intent on evicting God from the public square in America. The latest development is a suit filed by Michael Newdow against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Pastor Rick Warren, and several others who will be participating in the upcoming Presidential inaugural ceremonies. Newdow contends that the inauguration plans violate the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Newdow complains that when Chief Justice Roberts administers the Oath of Office to President-Elect Obama and closes with the traditional "so help me God," he will be giving impermissible government sanction to the...
  • 'SO HELP ME GOD': Stenehjem backs words in Obama's swearing-in oath

    01/09/2009 2:58:22 PM PST · by shielagolden · 7 replies · 1,044+ views ^ | Friday, January 09, 2009 | Dale Wetzel
    'SO HELP ME GOD': Stenehjem backs words in Obama's swearing-in oath Dale Wetzel, Associated Press Published Friday, January 09, 2009 BISMARCK, N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is opposing a federal lawsuit that seeks to block Chief Justice John Roberts from saying, "So help me God," when he concludes the Jan. 20 swearing in of Barack Obama as president. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (Herald file photo by John Stennes) RELATED CONTENT Article comments (13) A group of atheists filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia last month, contending Roberts would violate the U.S. Constitution's...
  • AGs: Keep God in Obama's inauguration

    01/09/2009 9:51:58 AM PST · by jasonmyos · 55 replies · 2,670+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 1/9/2009
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-All of the nation's state attorneys general have signed onto a brief to include references to God in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration this month. Authored by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the amicus brief was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the case of atheist Michael Newdow v. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Newdow, a Sacramento physician, seeks to eliminate prayer from the ceremony and prevent Obama from being able to say "so help me God" in the presidential oath of office.
  • Atheists get day in court over effort to ban God from inauguration ceremony

    01/06/2009 6:07:34 PM PST · by HokieMom · 29 replies · 912+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | January 5, 2008 | Kathleen Miller
    Atheists, humanists and others seeking to keep God and religion out of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony will get their day in court. A D.C. District Court judge announced late Monday afternoon that he will hold a hearing in a lawsuit that seeks to strip all religious elements from the Jan. 20 inaugural festivities. Last week, Michael Newdow, a California lawyer, physician and well-known atheist, led 29 other plaintiffs and 11 organizations in filing a lawsuit to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the presidential oath of office and eliminate the opening and closing prayers from the inaugural...
  • Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    12/31/2008 10:25:29 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 710+ views
    cnn ^ | Dec 31 2008
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A number of atheists and non-religious organizations want Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony to leave out all references to God and religion. President-elect Barack Obama will use the Bible Abraham Lincoln used for his inauguration. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, the plaintiffs demand that the words "so help me God" not be added to the end of the president's oath of office. In addition, the lawsuit objects to plans for ministers to deliver an invocation and a benediction in which they may discuss God and religion. An advance copy of the lawsuit was posted online by...
  • Atheist will attempt to boot God from inauguration

    12/30/2008 11:54:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies · 1,747+ views
    D.C. Examiner ^ | 12/29/08 | Kathleen Miller
    A well-known California atheist says he and 17 others, plus atheist and humanist organizations, will file suit Tuesday in D.C.'s District Court to strip all references to God and religion from President-elect Barack Obama's January inauguration ceremony. Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, Calif., says he wants to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the oath of office, plus axe the invocation prayer from Pastor Rick Warren, already under fire from the left for his opposition to gay marriage. According to Newdow, any reference to God or religion violates the Constitution. "Equality is important to me," Newdow told The Examiner....
  • Pledge of Allegiance, `In God We Trust' cases to be heard in S.F.

    12/04/2007 7:56:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 336+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/4/7 | KIM CURTIS, Associated Press Writer
    San Francisco (AP) -- An atheist seeking to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and U.S. currency is taking his arguments back to a federal appeals court. Michael Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, sued the Elk Grove Unified School District in 2000 for forcing public school children to recite the pledge, saying it was unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Newdow's favor in 2002, but two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Newdow lacked standing to sue because he didn't have custody of the daughter on whose behalf he...
  • California - Lawyer falls to death at hotel - Police suspect Paul Sanford committed suicide

    12/28/2006 8:19:59 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 93 replies · 3,726+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | December 28, 2006 | JULIA REYNOLDS
    Excerpt - In what police describe as a "probable" suicide leap, a prominent Monterey Bay Area attorney fell at least nine floors to his death at the Embassy Suites Hotel Monterey Bay in Seaside the morning before Christmas. Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Sunday, officers found the body of Aptos attorney Paul Sanford in the west end of the hotel lobby, where he had landed on a large ventilation grate. Police Capt. Steve Cercone said horrified guests were eating breakfast in the atrium at the time, and a number of witnesses saw Sanford fall from somewhere between the 9th and 12th...
  • Newdow Dead?

    10/29/2006 10:29:45 AM PST · by Shion · 27 replies · 3,005+ views
    I need some help from those of you in pajamas. My husband and I heard on the Roger Hedgecock show the other day that the well-known litigious atheist Michael Newdow has died. Neither of us can find anything on this in any main-stream media outlet and are starting to suspect either another suspicious lack of reporting, or that both of us suffered simultaneous auditory hallucinations. Has anyone encountered any information on this? We are also contacting the show to follow up, but have not yet received a response. This may not be big news, but down here in San Diego...
  • Judge turns down atheist's suit challenging 'In God We Trust' (Michael Newdow says he will appeal)

    06/12/2006 5:03:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 769+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/12/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit from an atheist who said the use of "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins violated his First Amendment rights. U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. said the minted words amounted to a secular national slogan that did not trample on Michael Newdow's religious views. "There is no proper allegation that the government compelled plaintiff to affirm a repugnant belief in monotheism," Damrell said in dismissing the suit. Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, also lost an effort two years ago to have the Pledge of Allegiance banned from public schools...
  • May 18, 1908: Congress mandates use of "In God We Trust"

    05/18/2006 8:35:53 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 12 replies · 208+ views ^ | May 18, 2006 | anon
    May 18, 1908: Congress mandates use of "In God We Trust" In a move that seemingly flew in the face of America's founding belief in the separation of church and state, Congress passed legislation on this day in 1908 that made the maxim "In God We Trust" an obligatory element of certain coins. The motto dates back to the early 1860s, when the Civil War stirred religious feelings throughout the nation. America's heightened piety manifested itself in many places, including the treasury department, which received countless letters requesting that the nation's coins pay some form of tribute to...
  • Michael Newdow, Vulcan? (KOVR tuesday)

    03/31/2006 10:33:41 AM PST · by dogbowl · 2 replies · 247+ views
    KOVR ^ | March 30, 2006 | KOVR
    Wednesday night on the 10pm news, following the video clip, pesky atheist Michael Newdow gave an in-studio statement dressed in colorful sashes and robes. (Maybe even a hat.) The anchorwoman said he was on the way to a meeting with "his organization." I can't find the video or a picture now. Can any Sacramento-area freeper find it? It could demonstrate how secularism is practiced religiously...
  • The ‘War on Christmas’ Is the Good Fight

    12/19/2005 6:22:42 PM PST · by writer33 · 159 replies · 1,442+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 12/19/2005 | Chris Davis
    The ‘War on Christmas’ is a good fight, a war worth waging for America’s values. It isn’t just a failure of the left to recognize the values of mainstream Americans, but it is an attack on Christianity, a battle being waged in the courts of the nation, increasing in intensity the last fifty years. This liberal battle, fought in legal circles, terrorizes city and state governments, American businesses and the American people with fear of litigation. In their righteous indignation, liberals have likened themselves to terrorists, terrorizing Christianity at every turn. Now is the time for Americans to take back...
  • The War on "IN GOD WE TRUST"

    11/30/2005 7:09:55 PM PST · by WJHII · 10 replies · 798+ views
    CFP ^ | 11/30/2005 | William John Hagan
    In God We Trust By William John Hagan Canada Free Press Wednesday, November 30, 2005 "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Do these words sound familiar to you? They are, of course, found in the Declaration of Independence and were used as a justification under Natural Law for the separation of the American Colonies from the Crown. In our modern age it is often forgotten that the United States was founded...
  • Conservatives Mobilize Against Activist Atheist

    11/15/2005 6:12:27 AM PST · by yoe · 118 replies · 1,842+ views
    The Nation ^ | November 15, 2005 | Susan Jones
    Conservative groups are rising to the defense of America's Christian heritage by fighting an atheist who wants to remove the motto "In God We Trust" from the nation's currency. Michael Newdow told the ACLU of Oklahoma that he would file a lawsuit against the national motto this week on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and "excludes people who don't believe in God." An earlier lawsuit filed by Newdow seeks to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, and in that case, the liberal Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Newdow....
  • Newdow Files Suit To Take National Motto Off Currency

    11/15/2005 6:44:48 AM PST · by freema · 62 replies · 1,206+ views
    American Family Association ^ | 11/04/05 | AP/Reuters
    Michael Newdow, who has already filed a suit to take "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance, is now suing to remove our national motto from our currency. Newdow told the ACLU of Oklahoma that the national motto on U.S. currency is a violation of the separation of church and state. He is offended because he is an atheist. He wants to use the Federal courts to make his atheism the official religion of America. Newdow filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which recently ruled that judges, not parents, have the final say in what will...
  • Court Ducks 'In God We Trust' Case

    11/14/2005 12:32:16 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,393+ views
    Court Ducks 'In God We Trust' Case (CBS) WASHINGTON Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a dispute over the constitutionality of putting "In God We Trust" on government buildings. Earlier this year justices were splintered on the appropriateness of Ten Commandments displays in and near government buildings. The court did not comment in rejecting an appeal over an "In God We Trust" inscription on the Davidson County Government Center in Lexington, N.C. The inscription, in 18-inch block letters, was paid for with donations from individuals and churches in 2002. It is more prominent than the name of the building, according to...
  • Next atheist target: 'In God We Trust' (Newdow Nimcompoop Alert)

    11/13/2005 10:28:07 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 74 replies · 1,881+ views ^ | November 14, 2005 |
    Michael Newdow, perhaps America's best known atheist, has a new target in his personal war against God in the public culture: "In God We Trust" on U.S. money. "I am about to file to get 'In God We Trust' off the front of our currency," he told the Oklahoman. "I plan to do that this week."
  • Atheist plans lawsuit challenging motto on U.S. currency (Michael Newdow)

    11/13/2005 8:56:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 890+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 11/13/05 | ap - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An atheist who has spent years trying to ban recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is now challenging the national motto printed on U.S. currency. Michael Newdow said Sunday that he planned to file a federal lawsuit this week asking for the removal of the national motto, "In God We Trust," from U.S. coins and dollar bills. He claims it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and "excludes people who don't believe in God." Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer who is an avowed atheist, used a similar argument when he challenged the Pledge of...
  • Atheist to sue over 'In God We Trust' on money

    11/13/2005 6:11:40 PM PST · by Ellesu · 169 replies · 4,839+ views
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. The atheist who's spent years trying to ban recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools says he'll file a new lawsuit this week. Michael Newdow says he'll ask a federal court to order removal of the national motto "In God We Trust" from U-S coins and currency. He says it violates the religious rights of atheists who belong to his "First Amendment Church of True Science." The church's "three suggestions" are "question, be honest and do what's right." Newdow says it wouldn't be right to take up a collection when the money says "In God We...
  • Federal judge sets stage for pledge case to move to appeals court (Newdow)

    10/05/2005 7:39:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 438+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/5/05 | Jennifer Coleman - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday set the stage for an atheist and three Sacramento-area school districts to take their dispute over the Pledge of Allegiance to an appeals court. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton said he will stay a ruling made last month, meaning the schools can continue having children recite the pledge. In his previous finding, Karlton said he was bound by a 2002 ruling of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools because it contains the words "under God." That lawsuit was...
  • Newdow Wants To Change Entire Pledge Of Allegiance

    10/05/2005 4:54:09 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 70 replies · 1,980+ views
    KCRA ^ | 10/05/05 | KCRA
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A man who is fighting to get the words "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance was back in federal court Wednesday, making some surprising comments about the case. Although the hearing was a procedural matter with no key rulings, Michael Newdow said that if he is successful in having the words removed from the pledge at the U.S. Supreme Court level, it still wouldn't be enough. Newdow believes that it is time to get rid of the old Pledge of Allegiance altogether. He said that it's impractical to just change the pledge because children will...
  • Rally 'Round the Flag!--See You At The Pole--this Wednesday before school, at EVERY SCHOOL!

    09/19/2005 11:01:18 AM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 39 replies · 1,877+ views
    Site news release ^ | 09/19/2005 | self
    Teachers, Parents, Students, Homeschoolers, Citizens-- This Wednesday 9/21 is See You At The Pole day, people all across the country are meeting at school flagpoles before school for prayer. A great way for teachers, parents and students to connect and encourage one another on campus....home schoolers, please also help defend and protect your rights on taxpayer-owned land by showing up! See You at the Pole is a student-initiated and student-led movement that started in the Ft. Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990. Everything necessary for students to plan and promote a successful SYATP is available free at In...
  • Mom wants God in pledge, backs Roberts

    09/16/2005 1:17:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 710+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The former lover of Pledge of Allegiance challenger Michael Newdow is again fighting to keep the words "under God" in the pledge. Sandra Banning and Newdow, an atheist, are the unmarried parents of the elementary school-aged daughter Newdow sued on behalf of three years ago when he challenged the pledge. A San Francisco federal appeals court in 2002 agreed that it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion for public school children to recite the pledge because it includes the words "under God." After the court ruled, Banning challenged Newdow's standing to sue, saying he did not have...
  • Newdow Sues for Separation of Church and State in Disaster Aid - Sarcasm

    09/16/2005 12:33:16 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Thotline ^ | 9-15-2005 | thotline
    Fresh and glowing from his recent victory of declaring "under God" a violation of "church and State," Michael Newdow has filed suit against all religious organizations who are volunteering time and materials in helping victims of the Katrina disaster. "These acts by volunteers comprise a concerted effort by religious groups to undermine the professional work of government employees, and may be considered as an in-kind political contribution to the religious-minded republican party. Churches should stop their so-called relief efforts immediately," commented Newdow. Noting that the efforts of religious groups directly competes with government agencies that are designed to provide aid...
  • Newdow: Pledge Forces God on Atheists

    09/15/2005 10:31:32 AM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 130 replies · 1,748+ views ^ | 9-15-05
    Newdow: Pledge Forces God On Atheists Wires Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 An atheist seeking to strike the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools has won a major battle in his quest to force the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue again. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton sided with atheist Michael Newdow in ruling Wednesday that the pledge's reference to God violates the rights of children in three school districts to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God." Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
  • Federal Judge Rules Reciting Pledge in Schools Unconstitutional

    09/15/2005 9:12:36 AM PDT · by blackdevl · 6 replies · 546+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (search) in public schools was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton (search) 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."
  • Text of Pledge Of Allegiance Opinion

    09/14/2005 1:32:58 PM PDT · by pogo101 · 13 replies · 741+ views
    E. D. Cal. court website ^ | September 14, 2005 | Lawrence Karlton
    The opinion issued Sept. 14, 2005 may be accessed here.
  • Fox News Just Said Federal Judge says Pledge "Un-Constitutional"

    09/14/2005 11:02:25 AM PDT · by nov7freedomday · 544 replies · 18,074+ views
    Just heard on top of the hour on Fox News Radio
  • Federal judge rules Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional in CA!

    09/14/2005 11:51:27 AM PDT · by Rightwingmom · 133 replies · 3,839+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO — Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (search) in public schools was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by a federal judge who granted legal standing to two families represented by an atheist who lost his previous battle before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Federal Judge Declares Pledge Of Allegiance Unconstitutional

    09/14/2005 1:26:12 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 59 replies · 2,450+ views ^ | 1:07 pm CDT September 14, 2005 | AP
    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...
  • Adamant atheist

    05/27/2005 7:55:56 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 191 replies · 2,479+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 27, 2005 | Editorial
    Dr. Michael Newdow is at it again. The California physician and atheist whose first successful challenge against the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance was vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court, has filed a new lawsuit to achieve the same end. He called the high court's intervention a "vile abrogation of my civil rights." Continuing his eight-year battle, Dr. Newdow argues that, "No one should be made to feel like an outsider because of their religious beliefs." He may not realize it, but that's an argument those with religious beliefs would salute. Atheists don't profess religious beliefs. He...
  • Judge: 8 people who joined Newdow's pledge lawsuit to remain anonymous

    03/29/2005 9:51:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 595+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/29/05 | Denny Walsh
    To avoid "potential harm" to eight people who have joined avowed atheist Michael Newdow in a quest to strike "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, a federal judge agreed Tuesday to allow them to remain anonymous during what is sure to be a closely-watched legal fight over highly-charged issue. Newdow, who filed the lawsuit using pseudonyms for all the plaintiffs except himself, proposed in a motion to keep anonymous the names of the parents and students in Sacramento County and San Joaquin County school districts. Attorneys for the defendants - Congress, the federal government, California, and five school districts...
  • For Washington's Birthday! - In God We Trust Flash Movie

    02/21/2005 12:29:08 PM PST · by kidkosmic1 · 29 replies · 1,597+ views ^ | 2/21/04 | kidkosmic1
    In God We Trust Patriotic Flash Movie Finished and posted just in time for Washington's Birthday! (BTW, it's hard to swallow polls that find Washington ranked as America's 7th greatest president.) The presentation features quotes from Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Henry, Lincoln, Reagan, and more on the subject of God and morality in government. Many of these quotes were taken from their own speeches to the American people as elected officials (sorry ye Newdows and ACLUers of the world)! Enjoy and spread freely! I created two versions--one for high bandwidth (T1, DSL, Cable), and another for those trapped in dialupland....
  • CA: Appeals court sued for 'Ten Commandments' seal, mosaic

    02/08/2005 5:19:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 552+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/8/05 | David Kravets - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal appeals court that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion is being sued for allegedly displaying the Ten Commandments on its seal and courthouses. The case was brought by Pleasanton attorney Ryan Donlon, who was admitted to practice before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June. In his lawsuit against the San Francisco-based court, he said the certificate admitting him contains the court's seal which unlawfully contains what he believes is a tablet object that "represents the Judeo-Christian Decalogue commonly referred to as the Ten Commandments." Cathy Catterson,...
  • " help me God."

    01/21/2005 8:02:46 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 2 replies · 161+ views
    The Rant ^ | January 21, 2005 | Frank Salvato
    “…so help me God.” Such are the final words of the Oath of Office as recited by second term president George W. Bush on Inauguration Day 2005. They concluded the oath that saw the president reaffirm the duties he faithfully executed during his first term in office and that he swore to perform again in his second. To President Bush these words mean something. They are the ultimate expression of his commitment to fulfill the promise that he has made to the American people, himself and, so help him, to his God. Most people, whether religious or not, recognize that...
  • Atheist Newdow wants comments!

    01/18/2005 2:47:25 PM PST · by AnOldCowhand · 44 replies · 1,176+ views
    Newdow's website ^ | Mike Newdow
    I have seen (received) complaints here because we talk at each other but don't do anything. Well, here's your chance everybody. Mr. Newdow states his case and INVITES COMMENTS. Be respectful, informed and literate....Let's keep the high ground, Just because he is a horse's rear doesn't mean we have to tell him so.
  • Atheist Asks Court to Ban Inaugural Prayer

    01/18/2005 10:15:21 AM PST · by alessandrofiaschi · 95 replies · 2,017+ views ^ | 18/1/2005 | HOPE YEN, AP
    WASHINGTON - The atheist who tried to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to bar the saying of a prayer at President Bush's inauguration. In an emergency filing, Michael Newdow argued that a prayer at Thursday's ceremony would violate the Constitution by forcing him to accept unwanted religious beliefs. His request has been rejected by two lower courts. Newdow also asked that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who is designated as the justice to hear emergency appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recuse himself because he is scheduled to swear in Bush and...
  • ACLJ Encouraged Federal Appeals Court Rejects Newdow Challenge to Inaugural Prayer

    01/17/2005 10:33:25 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 37 replies · 1,839+ views
    through Google News ^ | 17 January 2005 | ACLJ
    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2005--The American Center for Law and Justice, specializing in constitutional law, said today it is pleased that a federal appeals court has rejected a request by Michael Newdow to prohibit prayer at this Thursday's Presidential inauguration. A federal district court on Friday rejected Newdow's request for an injunction to stop the clergy prayers and late Sunday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected his appeal. Newdow is now expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop the prayers. "We're delighted to see the courts continue to uphold a...
  • Pledge Dad sues to ban ministers at oath

    01/16/2005 11:53:06 AM PST · by PDR · 17 replies · 591+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 14, 2005 | UPI
    Pledge Dad sues to ban ministers at oath Published 1/14/2005 2:07 PM WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Atheist Michael Newdow wants a U.S. district judge to ban prayers by clergy at the president's inauguration ceremony, the Washington Post said Friday. Newdow, a California doctor and lawyer who sued to have the words "under God" stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance in 2003, told the court that prayers offered by two Protestant ministers during the Jan. 20 ceremony when the president takes his oath of office would violate his constitutional rights. "This is like the Super Bowl, the Olympics. It's a...