Tonight on Hannity & Colmes...

Politicians on both sides of the aisle decried a federal appeals court's declaration that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional because of the words "under God" inserted by Congress in 1954.

The Wednesday ruling, if allowed to stand, would mean schoolchildren could no longer recite the pledge, at least in the nine Western states covered by the court.

Critics of the decision were flabbergasted and warned that it calls into question the use of "In God We Trust" on the nation's currency, the public singing of patriotic songs like "God Bless America," even the use of the phrase "So help me God" when judges are sworn into office.

The case was brought by a California man who objected to his daughter being compelled to listen to her second-grade classmates recite the pledge.

In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the phrase "one nation under God" amounts to a government endorsement of religion in violation of the separation of church and state. Pat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting Network will react to the ruling

Plus, the latest on the Elizabeth Smart case. A neighbor of a man police describe as a potential suspect in the disappearance of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart says he has been called to testify before a federal grand jury. Authorities said they couldn't comment on grand jury matters, including confirming one had been formed. Mark Fuhrman, former LAPD detective joins the debate.

 

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