Judge: 'Under God' unconstitutional:

  • The full text of the order: The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Newdow v. The Congress of the United States of America (US District Court, Eastern District of California, PDF)
  • Judge revives battle over pledge | Religious conservatives denounce the ruling that 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance means that it is unconstitutional (Los Angeles Times)
  • Judge rules reciting pledge in schools is unconstitutional | The judge said that the decision would "satisfy no one involved" in the debate over "the role of religion in the civil life of this nation," but that he was bound by a ruling in 2002 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (The New York Times)
  • Judge rules Pledge of Allegiance in Calif. schools unconstitutional | Says he'll issue an injunction to three California school districts to halt the daily reciting of the pledge (The Washington Post)
  • Judge: School pledge is unconstitutional | An atheist seeking to strike the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools has won a major battle in his quest to force the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue again (Associated Press)
  • Court says flag pledge violates Constitution | A California atheist who last year lost a Supreme Court fight to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance won an initial round on Wednesday to revive his cause in the courts (Reuters)
  • Judge strikes 'God' from pledge | Plaintiff Michael Newdow works in El Paso (El Paso Times, Tex.)

Response from religious groups:

  • Pledge decision highlights importance of Roberts nomination (Tony Perkins, Family Research Council)
  • FRC blasts Pledge of Allegiance decision (Family Research Council)
  • Pledge ruled unconstitutional—again (Family News in Focus, Focus on the Family)
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