Capital Hill Watch
Congress' Commitment to the Pledge of Allegiance and Our National Motto,
"In God We Trust" (S. 2690)
On Wednesday, October
2, 2002, the Reaffirming
Congress' Commitment to the Pledge of Allegiance and our national motto,
'In God We Trust' (S. 2690) is
expected to be voted on by the House Of Representatives. (Full text of legislation).
current language of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the national
motto, "In God We Trust" would be reaffirmed by the measure.
Furthermore, in codifying this law, it requires the Office of the Law
Revision Council to leave both the pledge and the motto unchanged, adding
only to the historical and statutory notes that the 107th Congress has reaffirmed its support for the
national motto and the Pledge of Allegiance.
the following: public references to God by our Founding Fathers; the
inclusion of references to God in numerous public documents, including
the Declaration of Independence; the legislative history of the Pledge
of Allegiance and the national motto; statements from court decisions
over the past 40 years which indicate the constitutionality of references
to God in both the pledge and the motto; the 1992 decision by the 7th
Circuit in Sherman v. Community Consolidated School District,
which found that a school district's policy for voluntary recitation
of the Pledge of Allegiance including the words "under God"
was constitutional; and the June 26, 2002 decision by the 9th
Circuit in Newdow v. U.S. Congress, which found that the Pledge
of Allegiance is unconstitutional because it contains the words "under
God" and that voluntary, teacher-led recitations of it in public
schools are also unconstitutional S. 2690 contains numerous findings.
Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to SUPPORT the Pledge of Allegiance Reaffirmation Act
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