Knights of Columbus waged successful defense

posted Jul 15, 2011, 11:24 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Jul 15, 2011, 11:33 AM ]

Knights of Columbus waged successful defense on East and West Coast cases

The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitu-tionality of the Pledge of Allegiance, thus ending a seven year battle involving two separate cases, one originating in California and the other in New Hampshire. The Knights of Columbus, repre-sented by
the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, played a key role in defending the Pledge as a ―defendant intervener‖in both cases. ―The Knights of Columbus is proud to have played a major role in successfully defending the constitutionality of the words ‗nder God・ in the Pledge of Alle-giance,‖Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. ―We were instrumental in persuading Congress to add those words to the Pledge in 1954, and they express a fundamental belief that we have held as a nation since our founding, that we ‗re endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights.・ The notion that this somehow violates the First Amendment has now been soundly rejected by both the First and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court has now allowed both decisions to stand. It is a victory for common sense.