The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has denied activist Michael Newdow’s lawsuits to challenge “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on the currency.Â We think the Court was cowardly and disingenuous.Â Unfortunately, this is likely to be the last gasp in the decades-long struggle.Â You can find links to the full texts of the Court’s opinions (including Judge Stephen Reinhardt’s scathing 120-page dissent) here.
In other news…the city council of Roswell, Georgia has resoundingly turned back a suggestion to begin council meetings with prayer.Â A surprising victory, but one we welcome nonetheless.
Plus: David reports on Secular Coalition executive director Sean Faircloth’s appearance at the Atlanta Freethought Society; meanwhile, John attends a Jewish funeral and a Buddhist wedding.
John and Allison will also be at the upcoming American Atheists convention in Newark, NJ, April 2-4.Â We’ll actually be in the greater NYC are March 31 – April 5, and we welcome suggestions for places to eat, things to do, or stuff to see.
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Recorded March 21, 2010.Â Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.
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