SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A federal judge declared Wednesday that the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional, a decision that could potentially put the divisive issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Is the pledge unconstitutional? The first amendment to the US Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
So, I'd say, yes. The pledge is unconstitutional.
For if a school were to force my children to make a pledge of allegiance "to the flag of the United States of America," this would be counter to my family's religion, which tells us to make no other pledge of allegiance except to our God. Coersion to recite such a pledge would prohibit my family's free exercise of religion.
Consider that thought while listening to all the Christian rhetoric about "under God" in the pledge. It is as good an argument (if not better) as Michael Newdow's argument.