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Antonovich applauds Pledge of Allegiance court ruling

Posted: March 23, 2010 2:59 p.m.
Updated: March 23, 2010 4:57 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich praised Federal Judges Carlos T. Bea and Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for their decision upholding the constitutionality of the "One nation under God" phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Citing tax exemptions for religious groups and Nativity displays on government property that have passed high-court review, U.S. District Judge Carlos T. Bea wrote, "Not every mention of God or religion by our government or at the government's direction is a violation of the Establishment Clause. The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God -- the Founding Fathers' belief that the people of this nation are endowed by their Creator." Justice Dorothy W. Nelson joined in the decision.

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, husband of longtime American Civil Liberties Union President Ramona Ripston, voted against the ruling.

Antonovich questioned why Reinhardt did not recuse himself since the ACLU has always fought to remove God from the pledge.

"It is ironic that the anti-God Gang continue their legal effort to rewrite history," said Antonovich. "The Supreme Court begins each session with the phrase ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court.' The Declaration of Independence refers to the Creator four separate times and Congress begins each session with a prayer."

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