House votes to protect Pledge
July 20, 2006
The House yesterday voted to protect the “under God” phrase of the Pledge of Allegiance from judges who might declare it unconstitutional, the measure being another element of the Republican-pushed values agenda in the lead-up to the fall elections.
Supporters said the Pledge Protection Act, which passed on a 260-167 vote, was necessary because of court decisions such as a 2002 ruling in California from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled it an unconstitutional “endorsement of religion” to require public-school students to recite the Pledge in its current form. In 1954, Congress added the words “under God” to demonstrate opposition to atheistic communism . . . [Click for more]