Religious Diversity News

ACLU Urges Court to Uphold Ruling Against “Under God” in Pledge

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/court/court.cfm?ID=15298&c=261

On March 24, 2004 American Civil Liberties Union issued a press release that reported, “The American Civil Liberties Union today urged the Supreme Court to uphold a federal appeals court ruling that public schools are constitutionally barred from linking patriotism and piety by reciting the phrase ‘under God’ as part of the Pledge of Allegiance. ‘The government should not be asking impressionable schoolchildren to affirm their allegiance to God at the same time that they are affirming their allegiance to the country,’ said ACLU Legal Director Steven R. Shapiro. ‘Removing “under God” from the Pledge is not anti-religious,’ he added. ‘Just the opposite is true. The only way the religious reference in the Pledge can be upheld is for the Court to conclude that the words “under God” have no religious meaning, which is far more insulting to people of faith.'”

An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion & Law in America

Author: RESEARCH-AND-MARKETS

Source: The Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/an-encyclopedic-dictionary-of-religion-amp-law-in-america,504081.shtml

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4a83b3/religion_law_in) has announced the addition of the “Religion & Law in America: An Encyclopedic Dictionary” report to their offering.

This informative, easy-to-use reference work covers a wide range of legal issues that affect the roles of religion and law in American society. Extensive A–Z entries provide coverage of key court decisions, case studies, concepts, individuals, religious groups, organizations, and agencies shaping religion and law in today’s society.

Appeals Court Rules “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On July 26, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the State of California “appealed the Pledge of Allegiance case Thursday, telling a federal
appeals court that school children’s vow of loyalty to ‘one nation under God’ is
not a religious invocation… The federal government and the Elk Grove Unified School District, where the
case arose, are also planning appeals.”

Appeals Court Rules “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16657

On July 31, 2002, The Associated Press reported that “Attorneys general from 48 states and two territories are calling on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision that declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional…

In a letter to the Court of Appeals, the attorneys general said the decision is legally flawed and the matter should be reheard by the full court.”

Appeals Court Rules “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16477

On June 27, 2002, The Associated Press reported that “a federal appeals court panel drew outrage from across the
political spectrum by ruling yesterday that it is unconstitutional for school children
to recite the Pledge of Allegiance but the decision may not last long.”

Read more on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Appeals Court Rules “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/NEWS/newsitemdisplay.asp?ID=177&ITEMTYPE=NEWS

On June 27, 2002, The Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release declaring their agreement with the statement issued by The Interfaith Alliance which concludes that “it is sad to see that religion has been so secularized that its use in a patriotic
statement must be considered unconstitutional.”

Appeals Court Rules “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr062602.htm

On June 28, 2002 the Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported that their Executive Director, Rev. Barry W. Lynn… said the court decision reflects an appropriate concern for the
religious liberty rights of all Americans…
‘America is an incredibly diverse country with some 2,000 different religions and
denominations, as well as millions of Americans who profess no religion at all,’
continued Lynn. ‘Government actions should respect that diversity… Our government
should never coerce… anyone to make a profession of
religious belief.'”

Appeals Court Rules “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

Source: The Washington Post

On June 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported that “even as a court ruled that it is illegal for school children to recite a
Pledge of Allegiance that mentions God – and then swiftly put an indefinite
hold on that decision – Virginia schools are preparing to quietly welcome Him
into every foyer…

Starting Monday, every Virginia school will be required to hang a poster
with the words ‘In God We Trust, the National Motto, enacted by Congress in
1956,’ in accordance with a law signed by Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) in May.”

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