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Ninth Circuit upheld Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
March 11, 2012
On March 11, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing that the phrase ....... [more]

California court allowed atheist to sue chaplain for libel
October 24, 2011
On October 24, 2010, the California First District Court of Appeal ruled that prominent atheist Michael Newdow was allowed to proceed with a libel lawsuit against Reverend Austin Miles. Newdow, best-known for bringing numerous lawsuits to remove references to God from US currency, the Pledge of Alle....... [more]

DC Circuit rejected bid to remove 'God' from presidential oath
May 7, 2011
On May 7, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an attempt to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow and several other groups, who claimed the phrase violates the Establishment Clause of....... [more]

Federal judge ruled Pledge of Allegiance recitation unconstitutional
September 14, 2010
On September 14, 2005, a federal judge in for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional. The court held that the inclusion of the words "under God" was a violation of the Establishment Clau....... [more]

Federal appeals court rejects bid to remove 'God' from presidential oath
May 7, 2010
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected an attempt to remove the phrase so help me God from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow and several other groups, who claimed the phrase violates the Establishment Claus....... [more]

Pledge of Allegiance in schools ruling [9th Circuit]
March 11, 2010
Newdow, et al. v. Roe, et al., US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, March 11, 2010. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on the Pledge of Allegiance....... [more]

Ninth Circuit upholds Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
March 11, 2010
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing that the phrase....... [more]

Congress recognized Pledge of Allegiance
December 28, 2009
On December 28, 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and encouraged its recitation in schools. The Pledge was supposedly written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus Day. The words "under God" were added by Congress i....... [more]

California court allows Pledge of Allegiance challenger to sue chaplain for libel
October 25, 2006
Atheist Michael Newdow, the man who sued to have the words under God removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, will be able to proceed with a libel lawsuit against a chaplain, according to a ruling Tuesday by the California First District Court of Appeal. Newdow sued Reverend Austin Mile....... [more]

'In God We Trust' Establishment Clause ruling [US DC]
June 13, 2006
Newdow v. Congress, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Judge Frank Damrell, June 12, 2006. Read the full text of the ruling. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses suit challenging 'In God We Trust' on US currency
June 13, 2006
US District Judge Frank Damrell of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought by atheist Michael Newdow against the US government, arguing that the words In God We Trust on US currency violate Newdow's rights under the Establishment Claus....... [more]




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