Pledge of Allegiance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An emotional showdown has resumed between those behind the Pledge of Allegiance and those who say they're alienated by the oath's reference to "one nation under God."

People on both sides are reacting to the Supreme Court's decision to hear the case of a California atheist who doesn't want his daughter to hear the pledge in school. Michael Newdow sued his daughter's school, Congress and even President Bush, asking that the words "under God" be removed from the version used in public schools.

The White House calls the pledge, "an important right that ought to be upheld." And a lawyer who intends to file a brief in the case says the constitutional separation of church and state has nothing to do with "the mere inclusion of two words" in the pledge.

But an advocate of separation says the pledge has become a religious oath. The Reverend Barry Lynn says no one should feel, "coerced to take part in a religious ritual in order to express patriotism."


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