Supreme Court Reverse Pledge Ruling

Court: Atheist dad can't sue over God reference in pledge

The Supreme Court is rejecting a California atheist's challenge to the Pledge of Allegiance. The court has ruled the man can't sue over the pledge's reference to God. The ruling is a procedural one, and doesn't address whether the words "one nation, under God" blur the line between church and state. The court says Michael Newdow can't sue to ban the pledge from his daughter's school and others because he doesn't have the legal authority to speak for her. Newdow has been in a custody fight with the girl's mother. Eight of the nine justices say he doesn't have sufficient custody to qualify as the girl's legal representative. The other justice didn't take part in the case.