Email Petition: Save the Pledge of Allegiance
Netlore Archive: Online petitions challenge a court decision declaring the words 'one nation under God' unconstitutional in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.
Description: Online petition drive
Circulating since: June 2002
Status: Letters are better
Email contributed by Becky, June 28, 2002:
Subject: Fw: PLEDGE BANNED! (Forward To Friends!)
FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR FRIENDS AND HELP RALLY 1,000,000 PEOPLE TO STAND AND SAY, "I SUPPORT THE PLEDGE IN OUR SCHOOLS."
(forward the following message)
U R G E N T U P D A T E
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BANNED FROM SCHOOLS BY U.S. FEDERAL COURT!
CLICK BELOW TO TAKE A STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE PLEDGE:
We are RUSHING you this update because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled the Pledge Of Allegiance unconstitutional in our public schools!
The judges ruled that the phrase "under God" is a violation of the U.S. Constitution because it creates an "establishment" of religion.
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! WE MUST TAKE ACTION!
Your sponsoring organization has just launched a nationwide petition to rally hundreds of thousands of Americans as quickly as possible who will stand up and say, "I Support The Pledge In Our Schools".
* * * * * ACTION ITEM
CLICK BELOW TO TAKE A STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE PLEDGE IN OUR SCHOOLS:
Your sponsoring organization wants to deliver 1,000,000 petitions as soon as possible directly to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the U. S. Supreme Court, leaders in Congress and President Bush.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE PLEDGE.
THEN, ALERT YOUR FRIENDS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Your sponsoring organization
P.S. If you haven't yet read what these judges said in their ruling, be sure to click the link below. YOU WILL BE SHOCKED to read how they have made a mockery of the Pledge! We must respond quickly. Please sign. Then, rally your friends.
P.P.S. We are also rallying 1 MILLION people to pause at High Noon this July 4th and recite the Pledge with family and friends. Click below for details.
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Email contributed by M. Jackson, June 27, 2002:
Subject: Protect the Pledge of Allegiance!
There is no time for niceties and fancy words.
The American Pledge of Allegiance is under attack.
The 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco has decreed that it is "unconstitutional" to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in schools and public gatherings, because it violates the separation of church and state.
Everyone is up in arms. The pundits are writing and the talking heads are talking.
Others are taking action. Movements are underway to hasten a review by the US Supreme Court. The goal is to overturn the 2 to 1 decision in San Francisco.
We support all such efforts.
But we want to protect the Pledge of Allegiance forever -- no matter the outcome this time.
What if a future President names liberals like those in the 9th Circuit to the US Supreme Court?
We need to take the Pledge of Allegiance out of the arbitrary, politically correct hands of liberal judicial activists -- now and forever.
MillionsOfAmericans is starting the push for a constitutional amendment that embodies the Pledge of Allegiance. The Amendment will be simple:
"When recited or written, the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States shall be: 'I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'"
It will be the one amendment that we will all know by heart. And that our children and their children will know. Also, it can never be deemed "unconstitutional" because it will be PART of the Constitution!
Sign the petition to the US Congress now!
We will forward your petition to the Congressional leadership. We will ask EVERY US Representative and Senator to sponsor the legisation to amend the Constitution. We can track those that do and those that don't.
It will take Congressional action and action by the State Legislatures. But it can begin NOW with your signing the petition.
Please go now and sign... please send this to your friends and families.
I'll be in touch again tomorrow.
Thank you for your support.
Bruce Eberle, MillionsofAmericans.com
Analysis: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ignited a furor when it ruled on June 26, 2002 that the phrase "one nation under God" renders the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it violates the "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment (see news sources below). The case was brought by an atheist in California who alleges that the daily recitation of the flag salute in his daughter's classroom is an infringement of her rights, even if she is not required to participate.
Historically, the Pledge of Allegiance has not always contained a reference to the Almighty. The oath was written in 1892 by the utopian socialist Francis Bellamy, whose version concluded, simply, "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The phrase "under God" was inserted in 1951 by a chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic service organization, which went on to successfully lobby Congress to adopt its version as the official one in 1954. Thus it has stood for nearly 50 years.
The recent constitutional challenge has resulted in a plethora of online petition drives such as the above, in some cases promising to deliver "millions" of names to the President and Congress in protest against the 9th Circuit Court ruling. Concerned citizens on either side of the controversy should stop to consider, however, that even in this digital age the good, old-fashioned measure of putting pen to paper and bombarding elected officials with cards and letters is still generally regarded as the most effective way to let one's voice be heard.
Sources and further reading:
Pledge of Allegiance 'Unconstitutional'
ABC News, 26 June 2002
Court Puts Pledge Ruling on Hold
Fox News, 28 June 2002
Profanities, Threats Flood Home of Man Behind the Cause
LA Times, 27 June 2002
The Strange Origin of the Pledge of Allegiance
Propaganda Review, Summer 1989
Pledge Decision Sparks Outrage
Associated Press, 27 June 2002
Scholars Expect Pledge Ruling Reversal
Associated Press, 27 June 2002
History of Pledge of Allegiance
Associated Press, 26 June 2002
Last updated: 07/02/02