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Rep. Pitts Urges Supreme Court to Overturn "Stalinist Purge" of Pledge

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Rep. Pitts urges Supreme Court to overturn "Stalinist purge" of Pledge

Washington-Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) today urged the United States Supreme Court to do the right thing when it rules on the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Court heard arguments today in an appeal of the 9th Circuit Court decision ruling the Pledge was an unconstitutional infringement on the 1st Amendment.

"The 9th Circuit was wrong when it ruled in 2002 that the Pledge of Allegiance, a time-honored expression of patriotism, was unconstitutional. I said then, and I still believe, that the court embarked on a Stalinist purge of all that is not 'ideologically correct' according to its skewed view of the law and of this country. The First Amendment was written to specifically guarantee the right of expression.

"These unelected judges in California robbed our children of that right. If this ruling stands, the Constitution is gone and we are now being governed only by unelected despots in robes.

Congressman Pitts said that this ruling underscores the need to rein in the federal judiciary. "The Constitution established the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government, not as the final and supreme authority. It is time for Congress and the President to stand up to the courts that have arrogated so much power to themselves. Ultimately, the very survival of democracy in this country will depend on it."

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