Appeals Court Rules "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

June 30, 2002

Source: Statesman Journal

On June 30, 2002, the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon featured an article on the recent Pledge of Allegiance ruling. "The decision created instant furor, in part because the pledge is an American icon. But it may have just as much to do with people’s relationship with God — or lack thereof... In America, God means different things to different people, whether you are a fundamentalist Christian, an atheist, a Jew, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Sikh, or you practice some other belief system." The article continues with numerous interviews from local residents of Salem concerning their diverse religious backgrounds and their views on the ruling.