Pledge of Allegiance Stirs Controversy in Religious Circles

When Michael Newdow, arguably the nation’s most famous atheist,won his case, arguing that because the Constitution provides forthe separation of church and state the phrase “underGod”  should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance,many religious leaders were outraged and Congressional leadersvoted almost unanimously to reaffirm the words “underGod” in the Pledge.

The case was appealed and nearly two yearslater, is now before the Supreme Court.

The Center for Law and Religious Freedom ofthe Christian Legal Society filed an amicus brief in support of theElk Grove Unified School District, joined by the Center for PublicJustice, Concerned Women for America, and the Christian EducatorsAssociation. The Center argues that the inclusion of the phrase”under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, should be considered inits historical and legal context. They claim that the words do notrepresent an endorsement of monotheism, but were adopted to affirmthe basis for America’s concept of limited government.

Not all religious groups agree with thisopinion.With the support of Rev. Bruce Prescott, a Southern Baptistpastor from Ogden, Utah, 32 individual Christian and Jewish clergymembers, along with the Unitarian Universalist Association, havejointly filed an