April 28, 2004
U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., is being attacked for reciting a secular Pledge of Allegiance. He omitted the words "under God" as he led the U.S. House in its daily Pledge of Allegiance yesterday.
McDermott was one of only seven brave members of the House who voted against the March 2003 resolution condemning the 9th Circuit Court en banc decision upholding a ruling that "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. That vote was 400-7. In June 2002, McDermott was one of 10 members who voted simply "present" when a resolution was passed condemning the original 3-judge panel decision.
For more on the story, see the coverage in the Washington Times:
Please contact the office of Rep. McDermott by email or phone to thank him for honoring the 9th Circuit decision, the separation of church and state, and the rights of the 14% of Americans who are not religious. Please go to his website below and click on the "Contact" link. (Mail to Congress is discouraged.)
For more background on the secular origins of the Pledge of Allegiance or Michael Newdow's challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court, see the Foundation's Pledge article: