A federal appeals court in California has rejected calls to rehear a controversial ruling that struck down recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools due to its religious content. Today's decision, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State, protects freedom of conscience.
"The government should not link religion and patriotism," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United Executive Director. "An individual can express love of country regardless of his or her religious or philosophical outlook."