Court ruling unfortunate but not unexpected
A San Francisco federal appeals court has ruled against Michael Newdow in his law suit challenging the constitutionality of the words “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance.
In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected arguments by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the phrase violates the separation between church and state.
In a separate ruling Thursday, the appeals court also upheld the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on coins and currency.
I haven’t seen any details on the reasoning behind the ruling, but it has to be similar to the discredited ” these phrases are secular and historical as opposed to religious” argument usually employed in such situations. Sure because there’s no other word as secular as god, now is there?