May 10, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that the Pledge of Allegiance's words "under God" do not discriminate against non-religious people since the language is patriotic and not religious. The case arose when the plaintiffs, Jane Doe and John Doe, commenced the suit in the ...[read more]
August 10, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 10, 2005, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Virginia law requiring the daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools. Attorneys challenging the law argued that the Pledge's phrase "one nation under God" represented governmental endorsement of religion. ...[read more]
June 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts on Friday rejected a challenge raised by public school children and their parents challenging the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the US Pledge of Allegiance. In her decision, Judge S Jane Haggerty ruled that the inclusion of the ...[read more]
March 11, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
October 24, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
July 23, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 23, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld part of a Florida law that required students in grades kindergarten through 12 to obtain parental permission before they can be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The court held that another provision requiring ...[read more]
December 28, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 28, 2007, the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) indicted Jacob Zuma, the leader of the ruling African National Party (ANC). He was charged with corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. The charges were later dropped after a protracted legal battle. Earlier ...[read more]
November 16, 2010
by Sarah Posner
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Friday that a New Hampshire law requiring schools to schedule voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), its members Jan and Pat Doe, and their three children, who are ...[read more]
October 14, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance do not violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution, upholding a 2009 district court opinion. A Texan couple filed the suit against the state, arguing that ...[read more]
October 10, 2010
by Erin Bock
The Israeli Cabinet approved an amendment Sunday to the country's Citizenship law that would require those seeking citizenship to pledge allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state" and promise "to honor the laws of the state." The amendment was approved by a vote of 22-8. Defense ...[read more]

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