Guest post by Kristina Arriaga
Executive Director, The Becket Fund
For the past ten years, the Becket Fund has been defending the Pledge of Allegiance against challenges by hyper-secularists that want the words “under God” removed.
Earlier this month, for the fourth time, a court has sided with the Becket Fund upholding the Pledge in its entirety!
In this latest case, Judge Jane Haggerty of the Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts found that the phrase, “under God,”
“serves as an acknowledgment of the Founding Fathers’ political philosophy, and the historical and religious traditions of the United States.”
This echoes the decisions in our previous three victories for the Pledge, and I can’t overstate the importance of the words the judges have chosen.
The courts have found time and time again that these two words don’t transform the pledge into a state-sponsored prayer. Instead, they have found that the phrase is simply a reaffirmation of what America is and how it came to be.
The courts are saying that these words are Constitutional precisely because they express the underpinnings of our founding – that our rights are inalienable and come from God, not government, and therefore government cannot take them away.
Needless to say, we’re thrilled with the victory, though it will almost certainly be appealed by the American Humanist Association. And, we’ll continue to defend the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety wherever and whenever it is challenged. You can read more about our Pledge cases here.