Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow (2003)

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In a case involving the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Becket Fund’s amicus brief for the Elk Grove school district argued that the words “under God” were permissible because they reflect our nation’s founding principle that freedom is grounded in an authority higher than the state. Three Justices agreed that the Pledge was constitutional; the other Justices agreed that the case should be dismissed because the plaintiff lacked standing.

 

Additional Resources:

Supreme Court Opinion

Becket Fund (with the Knight of Columbus) Supreme Court Brief

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