Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag: Here We Go Again...

Once upon a time, Michael Newdow filed a lawsuit against his child's school district because he didn't want his child to participate in, or be presant at, the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The reason given by Newdow was because of the "under God" clause.

Agreeing with Newdow, A Court Said The Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional.

Then the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed the lower court's ruling that the Pledge was unconstitutional.

Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court threw the case out on a "technicality," saying that Newdow did not have full legal custody of his daughter, and therefore lacked "standing" on the matter. (In fact, the Court sidestepped the issue by not rendering a decision, thereby ensuring continued litigation.)

Wasting no time, Newdow filed another lawsuit, this time on behalf of two families, against the Elk Grove Unified School District. This is the same Sacramento-area district he had previously sued.

And now, a California judge Lawrence Karlton has again declared the flag pledge unconstitutional.

As a classroom teacher, I have one favor to ask the powers-that-be: Would somebody please settle this question one way or the other, once and for all?

Stay tuned.

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