Federal Court Victory in Pledge of Allegiance Case

10/1/2009


  Decision in New Hampshire Case

  Pledge of Allegiance Fact Sheet

The Knights of Columbus scored an important victory in federal court in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sept. 30, when U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe upheld the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Atheist Michael Newdow had filed the lawsuit against the school system in Hanover, New Hampshire on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, in a case that mirrored his earlier lawsuit against schools in and near Sacramento, California.

As with the California case, the Knights of Columbus sought and received permission from the court to become a “defendant intervenor,” allowing attorneys representing the Order (from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty) to participate directly in the court proceedings.

The California case, argued before a panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2007, has still not been decided.  Read the New Hampshire court decision.