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Posted: 9/15/2005 9:18:28 PM EDT
Gonzales Says Justice Dept. Will Fight to Keep Pledge in Public Schools
Mark Sherman
Associated Press Writer
Sep 15, 2005
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBLOYQQNDE.html
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Thursday that the Justice Department will fight to overturn a federal court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance can't be recited in public schools because it contains a reference to God.
Gonzales said the pledge is one of several expressions of national identity and patriotism that mention of God but don't violate the Constitution's ban on state-sponsored religion.

The high court "has affirmed time and again that such official acknowledgments of our nation's religious heritage, foundation and character are constitutional," Gonzales said in a statement a day after the ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton in San Francisco.

Karlton's decision could put the issue on track for another round of Supreme Court arguments. The court sidestepped the issue last year, ruling atheist Michael Newdow had no standing to bring the case on behalf of his daughter because he did not have custody of her.

The Bush administration had opposed Newdow on the same basis that Gonzales set forth Thursday. Newdow also is involved in the latest case, acting as attorney for three parents challenging the pledge because it includes the words "under God."

Gonzales is widely viewed as a leading contender for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court because he is close to President Bush. Gonzales' statement of support to keep "under God" in the pledge could appeal to religious conservatives, who have expressed concerns about him as a potential justice because he has not stated opposition to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The Becket Fund, a religious rights group that is a party to the pledge case, said it would appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held the 'under God' provision of the pledge unconstitutional in 2002.

The decisions by Karlton and the appeals court conflict with an August opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. That court upheld a Virginia law requiring public schools lead daily Pledge of Allegiance recitation, similar to the requirement in California.

Meanwhile, the Senate voted late Thursday to condemn the district judge's ruling.

The nonbinding resolution, approved by unanimous consent, states that the phrase "one nation under God" in the pledge reflects the religious faith central to the founding of the nation and that its recitation is "a fully constitutional expression of patriotism."

The House and Senate approved similar resolutions in 2002 in response to the Ninth Circuit decision.

"It's unfortunate that the Senate is once again compelled to defend the pledge of alliance because of the actions of a federal court," said Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., who introduced the resolution.
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 9:26:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2005 9:27:48 PM EDT by The_Macallan]

Didn't Congress just recently (almost unanimously even) vote to uphold the Pledge of Allegiance?
(ETA: Doh! It's in the article )



And as far as Gonzalez.... sigline.
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 10:36:16 PM EDT
The Jesus People are coming for your children.

(And your dope and MTV, too.)


Link Posted: 9/16/2005 9:42:50 AM EDT
Atty. Gen. Gonzalez better say that, he's Catholic. If he said otherwise, his grandma would kick his butt and he'll never be allowed back into Texas.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 9:51:34 AM EDT
Well, he certainly has his priorities right doesn't he?

Gets all bent out of shape by a lunatic judge in the 9th circuit (oxymoron?), but not a peep about the confiscations, home invasions and illegal arrests in LA.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 9:54:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PhilipPeake:
Well, he certainly has his priorities right doesn't he?

Gets all bent out of shape by a lunatic judge in the 9th circuit (oxymoron?), but not a peep about the confiscations, home invasions and illegal arrests in LA.



Or the illegal invaders!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 9:57:23 AM EDT
"...keep pledge in school......and the CONFISCATORS out of my house"

Still nothing on this issue at all. I guess they're hoping it'll all go away...who knows?
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 10:03:08 AM EDT
COTUS: Article III Section 2, Congress can limit the jurisdiction of the court.

What are they waiting for? They almost did it to the 9th when they ruled the wrong way last time, until the court backed off.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 5:52:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LUGERMAN:

Originally Posted By PhilipPeake:
Well, he certainly has his priorities right doesn't he?

Gets all bent out of shape by a lunatic judge in the 9th circuit (oxymoron?), but not a peep about the confiscations, home invasions and illegal arrests in LA.



Or the illegal invaders!!!!!!!!!!!



illegal invaders? you must mean "otherwise lawful citizens"
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 5:52:59 PM EDT
Gonzales can go fly a kite.

Ass.
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