Although I’m agnostic about civil religion, I think the court made the right call in the decision not to remove God from the Pledge and currency:
“The Pledge is constitutional,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 2-1 ruling. “The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded.”
The same court ruled in Newdow’s favor in 2002 after he sued his daughter’s school district for having students recite the pledge at school.
That lawsuit reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004, but the high court ruled that Newdow lacked the legal standing to file the suit because he didn’t have custody of his daughter, on whose behalf he brought the case…
Reached on his cell phone, Newdow said he hadn’t been aware that the appeals court had ruled against him Thursday.
“Oh man, what a bummer,” he said.
(Via: Hot Air)