State Attorneys General Seek Pledge Review

Attorneys general from all 50 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision that found the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconstitutional when recited in public schools.

Last year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals caused a national uproar when it ruled that the Pledge's use of the phrase "under God" renders the patriotic ritual a religious profession and thereby unconstitutional for use in the public schools.

In mid June, 49 attorneys general filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing for a reversal of the 9th Circuit's ruling in Newdow v. U.S. Congress. (The California attorney general plans to do a brief of his own.)

Elected officials have been quick to seek public favor for themselves on this issue.

"The Pledge of Allegiance is a beautiful expression of patriotism and freedom that in no way violates the Constitution," Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline told The Kansas City Star. "An activist court attempting to outlaw the Pledge of Allegiance in schools undermines the very foundation of our nation." 

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released in June, 89 percent of Americans want to keep "under God" in the Pledge. Six percent do not.