The Elk Grove Unified School District says it will appeal yesterday´s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional.
School officials say they aren´t yet sure if they´ll appeal the ruling within the appeals court or if they´ll go directly to the Supreme Court.
State Senator from Modesto Dick Monteith says yesterday´s ruling won´t stand.
“The higher court will overrule this,” the senator said from his Sacramento office this morning. “I don´t think there´s any question about it.”
Monteith, a republican, says the “liberal” judge´s ruling Wednesday is “utterly deplorable.”
Ninth United States Circuit Court Judge Alfred T. Goodwin wrote that saying “under God” isn´t neutral with respect to religion. He compares it to saying “under Vishnu” or “under Zeus.”
The area lawmaker says he doesn´t see any way that the Pledge of Allegiance, as it stands today, is unconstitutional.
“For anyone to come up with a ruling to say it´s unconstitutional (to say the Pledge of Allegiance) – I have a problem with that. I don´t agree with that completely.”
Assembly Tim Leslie, who represents Calaveras County, says the liberals will only be satisfied when the name of God is chiseled off of every public monument.
“These judges and other of their ilk base their decisions on some nebulous notion of freedom,” Leslie said in a written statement. “They do not seek freedom, they seek an America purged of faith.”
Monteith points out the problem: “We need judges who uphold the law, not judges who create law.”
Monteith continued, “Every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we´re pledging to this great nation of ours.”
Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza has introduced a “Protect Our Pledge” resolution today.
The Atwater Democrat is protesting the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals´ ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional.
Cardoza says his resolution would call on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to authorize recitation of the pledge in any public facility. The assemblyman says the court, in his words, “needs to be reminded that their job is to uphold the Constitution and to protect the Constitution, and not to undermine the Constitution.”
The school district officials say they were surprised by that parent Michael Newdow won his case. Newdow, an atheist, sued the district for compelling his daughter to listen to the pledge, which included the phrase “under God.”
Newdow says he expected his lawsuit to generate controversy, but not threatening phone calls. He says his daughter has been moved to a safe place.
Newdow says he wants to restore the Pledge to its pre-1954 version because no one should be forced to worship a religion they don´t believe in.