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Cole Urges Supreme Court to Overrule Change in Pledge of Allegiance

March 20, 2003
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole today joined a vast majority in the House of Representatives by voting for a resolution reaffirming Congressional support for the Pledge, and to urge the Supreme Court to take up the case.

"Repeating The Pledge of Allegiance is a practice we participate in as a community. A community is defined by what it does together and our pledge is how we show our unity as a nation," Congressman Tom Cole said. "God was a part of the blueprint our founding fathers created for the United States. We must protect that core foundation because it is who we are as a nation and because it is our heritage."

In June the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional and, therefore, could not be recited in public schools. As a result, the House and the Senate passed a resolution-very similar to the one passed today-affirming the current Pledge language. This last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling banning the Pledge of Allegiance from classrooms.

"The Ninth Circuit's decision does not reflect the values and public opinion of most Americans," Congressman Cole said. "I hope that the overwhelming passage of this resolution will prompt the Supreme Court to review the case and overturn the Ninth Circuit's ruling.