Statement Of Sen. Alexander - Pledge Of Allegiance

Posted on October 14, 2003

I am delighted that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Pledge of Allegiance recited by generations of American schoolchildren is an unconstitutional establishment of religion. I am optimistic that the United States Supreme Court will overturn this ridiculous ruling of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Pledge of Allegiance was first used on October 12, 1892, during Columbus Day observances in the public schools. By joint resolution of Congress, the pledge was amended in 1954 to add the words, "under God." The current version of the Pledge of Allegiance has been recited by American schoolchildren for almost 50 years.