Wednesday’s Pledge of Allegiance ruling prompted an unprecedented response from Fox News viewers, the overwhelming majority of whom sought to voice their objection to the court decision.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, more than 103,000 votes had been recorded by a front-page poll on Foxnews.com asking viewers to respond to the ruling. Ninety percent of the votes opposed the ruling, while slightly less than 10 percent voiced their support for the court.
The ruling also produced a flood of e-mails to Foxnews.com, a sampling of which follows:
The people of this nation need to realize that this is not only about God, but about what the flag represents, which is freedom.
After Sept. 11, the citizens of this nation need to rise up and let their voices be heard against this ruling that has slapped the face of the nation and the men and women of our military that give their lives to protect what our flag represents.
If these people on the Appeals Court do not like the pledge then they should move to another country, because it is obvious they just do not like this great country of ours.
— Patty T., Macon, Ga.
What many people fail to understand in this nation is that religion is what binds together the good wholesome moral values upon which our country is founded. Our nation was founded upon the idea of a deity and whereas religion is not forced upon us, it is an intrinsic part of our heritage and something I would fight and die for.
— Eric V., Forth Worth, Texas
The intent of the First Amendment is to keep our government from selecting a religion for the American people ... it does not mean We the People can't think about God or remember God or give thanks to God or respect God openly and notoriously.
What it does mean is that government can't keep us from acknowledging God in our lives, which is what In God We Trust and Under God does!
— Bill F., Daytona Beach, Fla.
If the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because it uses the words "under God," perhaps the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation are also. Both either mention or invoke God or the Creator. Perhaps the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will have these, and other similar documents, removed from display in the National Archives.
— Richard H., Florence, S.C.
It is sad to see this decision made by the California court. I dedicated 24 years to the service of this country. My two young sons are currently serving this great country. To say that this pledge is unconstitutional is an extreme. The We the People of our forefathers is slowly becoming the I the person, and I hope that our Congress will act to respond unanimously to this aggression of our rights.
— Robert P, Pawling, N.Y.
Whoever this man is that thinks saying "one nation under God" is infringing against anyone's rights should just tell his child or children to shut up and not say the pledge. He says that his child felt forced because she was around others. Well, that is his fault for not teaching his child about self-choice.
He shouldn't try forcing his opinion on any of the other children. As long as there is a choice involved, that is our ultimate freedom. If the court passes this mess the choice of reciting the pledge will be force out by the government which in my mind is the opposite of freedom.
— Mike C., Corpus Christi, Texas
I am soooo tired of being FORCED into political correctness. This is AMERICA, I am an AMERICAN, I have freedom of speech!
I will continue to say the Pledge with the words 'under God' as I always have, as will my children, and my grandchildren. What is the school going to do? Kick the kids out for exercising THEIR freedoms?
The solution to this dilemma is to let people (kids) CHOOSE how to recite the pledge. It is, after all, an INDIVIDUAL allegiance, is it not?
— Rea S., Long Beach, Calif.
But not everyone opposed the ruling. A number of viewers wrote in to support the judges, as represented by this letter:
So many terrible things have been done in the name of God. As we breathe, people all over the world are being killed in the name of God. Can nobody understand that little children DON'T need the pressure and guilt in school? That is ALL this decision is about, "in school."
The rest of this is posturing by political buffoons and ratings seekers. Have fun with it. I hope the decision holds, for the children’s sake.
— Ted S., Norman, Okla.
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