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Supreme Court made our Flag Day
by John Brieden


June 15, 2004

The Supreme Court made our Flag Day. Their ruling means the nation's public-school teachers will not be banned from leading their students in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Anyone with common sense realizes that the Pledge of Allegiance is a secular building block in the development of good citizenship. The words "under God" are a tribute to America's constitutionally protected religious freedom, not a prayer. There is nothing wrong with schoolchildren acknowledging the fact that the founders of our republic openly stated in their writings before the Pledge was even developed, that the United States is indeed 'one nation under God.'

After President Bush justly directed the government's attorneys to appeal the Ninth Circuit's ruling, I am proud to say that The American Legion filed a brief to the Supreme Court in support of the government.

We may not have heard the last from those who would rewrite constitutional law to make atheism the official state religion. Whenever and wherever challenges to the constitutionality of the Pledge will be raised, the men and women of The American Legion will be there, fighting with all of our legal and legislative might, to protect the right of schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

John Brieden
American Legion National Commander
Washington, DC - USA



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