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Sept. 21, 2004

Send Another Message to Activist Judges!

9-23-2004 the House passed Akin's Pledge Protection Act (H.R. 2028) by a vote of 247-173 (Roll Call 467)

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This week the House of Representatives will vote on the Pledge Protection Act (Amended H.R. 2028 PDF), sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin. This bill would remove jurisdiction from all federal courts, including the Supreme Court, on cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance. (Press Release)

Activist Judges Attack the Pledge

In 2002, activist judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contained the words, "one nation, under God." The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case earlier this year and overturned the Ninth Circuit due to a lack of standing (or right to bring the case) by the plaintiff, Michael Newdow. However, this case will almost certainly come before the court again in order for it to rule on the merits of the case.

The public overwhelmingly supports saying "under God" in the Pledge. Nearly nine of ten Americans support acknowledging God as our source of rights and freedoms. Activist judges should not be allowed to construe our Constitution in ways that abolish acknowledging that fact.

The House invoked Congress's constitutional power to limit the courts earlier this year by passing the Marriage Protection Act (H.R. 3313), which removes federal court jurisdiction on cases arising under the "full faith and credit" clause of the Defense of Marriage Act.

It is time for our elected representatives to use every constitutional tool available to protect us from activist judges who, according to President Bush, seek to "remake America by court order." Urge your member to support this important piece of legislation protecting the Pledge.

Call Your U.S. Representative and urge him
to vote for the Pledge Protection Act!

Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

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