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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Reaffirming 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). 

The 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.

Regarding 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.

What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to SUPPORT the Pledge of Allegiance Reaffirmation Act (S.2690).

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

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