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In a 2002 case brought by atheist Michael Newdow, whose daughter was being taught the Pledge in school, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the phrase "under God" an unconstitutional endorsement of monotheism when the Pledge was promoted in public school. In 2004, the Supreme Court heard Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, an appeal of the ruling, and rejected Newdow's claim on the grounds that he was not the custodial parent, and therefore lacked standing, thus avoiding ruling on the merits of whether the phrase was constitutional in a school-sponsored recitation. On January 3, 2005, a new suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of three unnamed families. On September 14, 2005, District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled in their favor. Citing the precedent of the 2002 ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Karlton issued an Order stating that, upon proper motion, he would enjoin the school district defendants from continuing their practices of leading children in pledging allegiance to "one Nation under God".
originally posted by: deadlyhope
a reply to: FormOfTheLord
"Be the change you want to see in the world " Seems what you are saying - I used to love such quotes, but recently, I've become more pessimistic.
We can hand out roses all day long, we can be good upstanding citizens but it won't stop the bad that's going on, it's just ignorance to think so. Me worrying about such things won't change them, either. I want to create what I deem REAL change. Smiling at someone or giving a large tip are menial things - I'm talking about saving a child from slave trade, I'm talking about changing laws to help citizens, not lower them. I feel powerless in these aspects, though.
So I care, and you care, and there are plenty others who do as well. The things we talk about here, most people don't even know about they stay so absorbed with their own lives.