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House condemns Pledge of Allegiance rulings

[JURIST] The House of Representatives [official website] Thursday passed a resolution condemning two US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rulings - the latest noted in JURIST's Paper Chase on February 28 - directly or indirectly impugning the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God" included. The House declared:

the phrase 'one Nation, under God' should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the practice of voluntarily reciting the pledge in public school classrooms should not only continue but should be encouraged by the policies of Congress, the various States, municipalities, and public school officials.... [T]he Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...has created a split among the circuit courts, and [its ruling] is inconsistent with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the first amendment, which indicates that the voluntary recitation of the pledge and similar patriotic expressions is consistent with the first amendment.... [T]he Attorney General should appeal the ruling in Newdow v. United States Congress, and the Supreme Court should review this ruling in order to correct this constitutionally infirm and historically incorrect holding.
Read the complete text of the resolution from THOMAS.

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