W. Todd Aiken Introduces Pledge Protection Act of 2002 to Protect Pledge of Allegiance from Federal Courts

W. Todd Aiken Introduces Pledge Protection Act of 2002 to Protect Pledge of Allegiance from Federal Courts

Rep. W. Todd Aiken

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Representative W. Todd Aiken [R-MO] introduces to the House of Representatives the Pledge Protection Act of 2002. The purpose of Aiken's bill is to prevent federal courts from ruling on the constitutionality of the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Pledge Protection Act of 2002 says:

"No court established by Act of Congress shall have jurisdiction to hear or determine any claim that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, as set forth in section 4 of title 4, violates the first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States."

This isn't the only time that Rep. Aiken will introduce a law for this purpose and there are many Christian conservatives who share his desire to preserve the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. Christian conservatives are adamant that the phrase is constitutional, but their attempts to prevent the courts from taking up the issue suggests that they aren't very confident.

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