Last year, the Supreme Court dismissed a case in which attorney and medical doctor Michael Newdow, an atheist from Sacramento, sued a public school, claiming that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in a public school was coercive religious activity. The case was dismissed because Newdow did not have legal custody of his daughter, on whose behalf he was suing. But today, a federal judge in Sacramento declared the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public school unconstitutional. And guess who brought this case (on behalf of three unnamed parents and children)? Michael Newdow. This ruling only affects three school districts in Sacramento County, unless it is affirmed by a higher court. This is one more example of why having the right judges fill the vacant seats in the Supreme Court is so vital.
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