Advocates of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Says Pledge Unconstitutional
and God is Dead
For Immediate Release.
March 3, 2003 The
Bush Administration requested the Ninth United States (U.S.) Circuit
Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision that the Pledge of Allegiance
is unconstitutional because of the phrase “under God.”
On February 28, 2003, the federal appeals court rejected this
request. To stop reciting the pledge, public schools
in nine states with some 9.6 million students have until March 10, 2003.
again the Ninth United States U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tried to
be the national policy makers of this nation.
The justices of this court no longer protected the rights guaranteed
by the Constitution but violated the liberties that it protects.
Tragically, “judicial restraint” has fallen away to decisions
based principally on the justices’ “ideological preferences.”
June 2002, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled 2-1 on a lawsuit brought by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow,
that when recited in public classrooms the pledge is unconstitutional.
phrase was an endorsement of God, and the Constitution forbids public
schools or other governmental entities from endorsing religion said
the judicial activists of this court have misinterpreted the “establishment
clause,” of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
By denying the use of “God,” the court is establishing a law
that endorses the belief that there is no God.
The Constitution protects the free use of the term “God” in the
pledge. Once God is restricted from the pledge, the
Constitution has been violated. The
use of the term “God” is not the establishment of a national religion
as was the case with the Church of England.
Unfortunately, the justices have erroneously interpreted the
First Amendment “establishment clause” narrowly instead of broadly as
the Founding Fathers intended it to be used.
Compared to other countries,
the U.S. has prospered faster and has become the greatest nation in
the history of the world. God’s
gift of freedom and most importantly His blessings are the reason for
this. For the U.S. to remain a free, prosperous and
unique nation, it must recognize that it is a nation under the authority
and providence of God. As a
country America must reaffirm the idea that she is a nation of people
who must give allegiance to God. President
Eisenhower said it so eloquently when he said that the reason he signed
the act of Congress that added the words “under God” to the pledge was
that “From this day forward, the millions of school children will daily
proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house,
the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.”
has proclaimed that it is righteousness that exalts a nation,” said
Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of
Public Policy. “And if Americans standby and continue to let these justices assault
the religious freedom that has made this a great nation, then there
also will be a corresponding decline in the greatness of America-if
it has not happened already.”
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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