Sam Johnson Votes to Protect “Under God” in Pledge

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Washington, July 20, 2006 | McCall Avery ((202) 225-4201) | comments
Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) voted to protect “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge Protection Act passed 260-167.
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Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) voted to protect “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Pledge Protection Act passed 260-167.

“We have a foundation of faith in America.  Turning our backs on that is not an option,” said Johnson.

The Pledge Protection Act ensures that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge remains safe from “politically-correct police” and activist judges.   An overwhelming majority of Americans believe “under God” should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

In 2002, the infamous 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools.  This new legislation would deny jurisdiction to federal courts, and appellate jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, to decide questions pertaining to the interpretation or constitutionality of the Pledge.  State court could still decide whether the pledge is valid within the state.

“In Texas, the people have spoken. Starting in 2003, all school districts required students to recite the pledge to the United States and Texas flags daily. This bill is essential to ensuring that the will of the people of Texas isn’t circumvented by some unelected judge in another state,” concluded Johnson.

Johnson represents portions of Collin and Dallas Counties.

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