Posted by | March 11, 2010 17:25 | Filed under: Top Stories

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegience and “In God We Trust” on US coins do not violate the separation of church and state.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two legal challenges by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow (pictured), who claimed the references to God disrespect his religious beliefs.

“The Pledge is constitutional,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 2-1 ruling. “The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded.”

The same court ruled in Newdow’s favor in 2002 after he sued his daughter’s school district for forcing students to recite the pledge.

The 9th Circuit Court ruled 3-0 that the motto “In God We Trust” on coins is legal.

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