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Judge Decides Part of Pledge is Unconstitutional

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(9/15/2005)

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Some people do not believe in God. People who do not believe in God are called atheists. Some atheist families are not happy that children recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. They do not like it because it refers to one nation “under God.” One atheist man filed a lawsuit on behalf of three families. The lawsuit was filed to try to stop the Pledge of Allegiance from being recited in public schools.

The atheist man filed a similar case on behalf of his daughter a while ago. He lost the case. The courts thought that he might be right, but they decided not to rule. They said that it was unclear if he had legal custody of his daughter.

This time a judge ruled that public school children should not be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class. The judge said that it was unconstitutional. He agreed to sign a restraining order stating that children could not recite the Pledge in the three school districts involved in the lawsuit.

The school districts were disappointed with the judge’s decision. They wanted there to be a full-court review of the case. They said that they would continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance until they were ordered to stop.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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