I was shocked when I read the following article. Who knew we still had an appeals court that knew how to interpret the U.S. Constitution?
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has upheld the constitutionality of public school children reciting “under God” in Pledge of Allegiance, rebuffing a prominent atheist group’s attempt to stop the practice.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2007 on behalf of two New Hampshire parents and their three children, challenging the state’s School Patriot Act, which requires that public schools authorize a time for students to voluntarily participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit alleged that the statute violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, as well as the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion.
In its unanimous decision, however, the court’s three-judge panel ruled, “That the phrase ‘under God’ has some religious content … is not determinative of the New Hampshire Act’s constitutionality. This is in part because the Constitution does not ‘require complete separation of church and state.’
Say what? The Constitution does not require the complete separation of church and state? Why haven’t we heard this from the mainstream media?