In the USA a federal judge has upheld America’s doctrine of the separation between State and church. He ruled that the reciting of a pledge to the US flag may NOT include the reference ‘one nation under God’.
An atheist has bought the lawsuit because he believed that the Pledge of Allegiance and its reference to God violates school children's right to be 'free from a coercive requirement to affirm God’.
The judge said he was following legal precedence set the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which had ruled 3 years ago in favour of anther atheist that using God in any public school pledge was unconstitutional.
Since Bush became president his Christian Right allies have been getting more bold and aggressive in inserting the reference to God in public life which militates against the USA constitution of separation between State and religion, a stand adopted by many European countries who had suffered from the oppression of the once-powerful church.