March 11, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On March 11, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing that the phrase ...[read more]
October 24, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 24, 2010, the California First District Court of Appeal ruled that prominent atheist Michael Newdow was allowed to proceed with a libel lawsuit against Reverend Austin Miles. Newdow, best-known for bringing numerous lawsuits to remove references to God from US currency, the Pledge of ...[read more]
May 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 7, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an attempt to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow and several other groups, who claimed the phrase violates the Establishment Clause ...[read more]
September 14, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 14, 2005, a federal judge in for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional. The court held that the inclusion of the words "under God" was a violation of the Establishment ...[read more]
May 7, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected an attempt to remove the phrase so help me God from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow and several other groups, who claimed the phrase violates the Establishment Claus... ...[read more]
March 11, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing that the phrase... ...[read more]
December 28, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On December 28, 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and encouraged its recitation in schools. The Pledge was supposedly written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus Day. The words "under God" were added by Congress ...[read more]
October 25, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones
Atheist Michael Newdow, the man who sued to have the words under God removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, will be able to proceed with a libel lawsuit against a chaplain, according to a ruling Tuesday by the California First District Court of Appeal. Newdow sued Reverend Austin Mile... ...[read more]
June 13, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts
Newdow v. Congress, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Judge Frank Damrell, June 12, 2006. Read the full text of the ruling. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here... ...[read more]
June 13, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
US District Judge Frank Damrell of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought by atheist Michael Newdow against the US government, arguing that the words In God We Trust on US currency violate Newdow's rights under the Establishment Claus... ...[read more]

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