When a child says, "one nation, under God" during the pledge of allegiance, is he or she being indoctrinated in a religious belief?
A California atheist thinks so, and told the Supreme Court Wednesday the government should "stay out of religion,” but the Bush administration asked that the Pledge of Allegiance be upheld as a "patriotic exercise."
Chief Justice William Rehnquist noted that Congress unanimously added the words "under God" to the pledge in 1954. The man who filed the suit, Michael Newdow, replied, "That's only because no atheists can be elected to office."
Some in the audience started clapping, and the chief justice threatened to kick them out.