A Flag Day non-decision: The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the pledge of allegiance by ruling that the complaining father doesn’t have standing to sue. The justices vote 8-0 with Antonin Scalia recusing himself.
The Supreme Court preserved the phrase “one nation, under God,” in the Pledge of Allegiance, ruling Monday that a California atheist could not challenge the patriotic oath but sidestepping the broader question of separation of church and state.
. . . The court said atheist Michael Newdow could not sue to ban the pledge from his daughter’s school and others because he did not have legal authority to speak for her.
The girl’s mother, who has custody, has no objection to the pledge.
Somewhere in our fair land, there are custodial, pledge-hating parents who are polishing up a lawsuit.