April 7, 2010
(Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is urging a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance – including the phrase “under God” – on behalf of more than 40 members of Congress and more than 80,000 Americans. The ACLJ today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a case where the Freedom From Religion Foundation is appealing a lower court decision that determined that the Pledge should not be removed from New Hampshire schools because it embraces patriotism, not religion.
“There is absolutely no legal reason to strike the words ‘under God’ from the Pledge and reject this time-honored tradition,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which filed an amicus brief in the initial case in federal district court. “Once again this is nothing more than another futile attempt to rewrite history – a legal challenge that has no merit and should be rejected by the appeals court. The fact is the federal district court understood the fact that there’s no constitutional crisis in permitting public school students to voluntarily recite the Pledge – an expression of patriotism. We’re urging the appeals court to uphold the very sound decision reached by the federal district court.”