In a surprising ruling, a federal appeals court Wednesday declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because of the words “under God” added by Congress in 1954. The ruling, if allowed to stand, means that school children can no longer recite the pledge in the nine states covered by the 9th Circuit. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the phrase amounts to a government endorsement of religion.
This is a fairly significant development, and you could be sure that this issue will make its way into the Supreme Court.