berrywoman Posted September 18, 2005 Share Posted September 18, 2005 U.S. Attorney General to Fight Ruling on Pledge of Allegiance By Jason Kane Religion News Service Sept. 16 - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has promised the Justice Department's vigorous opposition to district court judge's ruling that a reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Gonzales said the pledge remains one of many expressions of national and patriotic identity that reference God and said he will fight the (Wednesday) Sept. 14 ruling by Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of the U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Calif."The Supreme Court has affirmed time and again that such official acknowledgments of our nation's religious heritage, foundation and character are constitutional," Gonzales said in the statement. He said his office "will continue vigorously to defend the ability of American schoolchildren to pledge allegiance to the flag." Arguing he was bound by a 2002 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, Karlton ruled that "the pledge is an unconstitutional violation of the children's right to be free from a coercive requirement to affirm God." Both the current and a 2002 case involve Michael Newdow, an atheist whose daughter attends school in the Elk Grove (Calif.) Unified School District. In the 2002 case, Newdow argued he and his daughter's constitutional rights had been violated by the pledge. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court dismissed it on grounds that Newdow did not have proper parental standing. Though Newdow has joint legal custody of his daughter, the child's mother has said both she and the child are Christians and have no objection to the pledge. In this year's case, Newdow serves as an attorney for three other parents opposing the pledge. The Bush administration actively opposed Newdow in his last appearance before the high court, filing friend-of-court briefs and appointing former Solicitor General Theodore Olson to argue against him. Gonzales' support for the constitutionality of the pledge comes at a critical time for the attorney general, whose close ties to Bush make him a leading contender to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. The statement will likely appeal to conservatives who have been wary of Gonzales' reluctance to take a stand on the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. http://www.beliefnet.com/story/175/story_17523_1.html - I have one question.... I have been on this earth for 29 years.. and all of a sudden after 29+ years there is a problem with this??? I don't understand. I do understand the separation of church and state.. but I am still confused.. its printed on out money... no one complains there.. discuss... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now