Pledge of Allegiance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atheist Michael Newdow says he'll re-file his challenge to the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.

The Supreme Court has refused to overturn its June ruling that Newdow cannot represent his ten-year-old daughter in the case because he lacks full custody of the girl.

Newdow says he'll re-file in the federal Ninth Circuit next month along with another atheist parent whose custody can't be questioned. He adds that he's helping other atheists file legal challenges to the Pledge in other parts of the country.

Newdow says he's dropped two other lawsuits, challenging congressional chaplains and Christian prayers at President Bush's inauguration, so that he can concentrate on the Pledge case.

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