Dr. John Sloop is a firm believer in the Judeo-Christian beginnings of America. He said to extract that godly heritage from the Pledge of Allegiance is to ignore the intent of our founding fathers.
"Well, it seems to me the 9th circuit court has either forgotten American history or is seeking perhaps to rewrite it," he said.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the pledge's "Under God" phrase is a government endorsement of religion -- a clear violation of the separation of church and state.
Despite the Bush administration request, the court has recently refused to reconsider its ruling. But Attorney David O'Donnell said that's no concern for us in the Valley.
"I don't think it's something you really need to worry about as affecting our daily lives. What are they going to be doing at our schools? Are they going to have our kids not say the Pledge of Allegiance? I don't really think it's going to happen," O'Donnell said.
Sloop said the ruling is still a cause for national concern. A local radio station is running a message for wepledge.com. It's a Web site petitioning for a constitutional amendment to protect the pledge and the national motto, "In God We Trust."
But Valley native, Arnold Via, of American Atheists, Inc. said discussing the issue is like beating a dead horse. He said the "Under God" phrase has been challenged since it was first added to the pledge in 1954.
O'Donnell said it's a hot-button issue.
"It's something people get worked up about. It's our nation and God. Those are pretty important things to people," he said.
The case could still go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Source: http://www.aclu.org/news/move/pledgeorigin.html (The American Civil Liberties Union Web site)