Grassroots Group to Deliver Petitions Supporting Pledge to Senate

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A grassroots group plans to deliver thousands of petitions to the Senate on Sept. 29 in support of the Pledge of Allegiance. began collecting petitions right after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the pledge unconstitutional in schools, and it hopes to collect 700,000 petitions in support of the pledge by the end of the month.

"People are fed up with the courts and the continual attack on the Pledge," said President Steve Elliott. His group is joining an effort to pass the Pledge Protection Act, which would strip federal courts of the ability to rule the Pledge unconstitutional.

"We are hearing great frustration from grassroots America with this latest ruling and with the Supreme Court for issuing such a weak ruling last year that all but guaranteed that we would be forced back to 'square one' on this issue," Elliot added.

"Few realize that the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the jurisdiction of the federal courts," said Elliott. "The fact is, the American people do not trust the courts. So we are turning to our elected officials and demanding that they take action immediately to end this nonsense." filed numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in previous Pledge of Allegiance cases.

See Also:
Pledge Ruling Shows Need for 'Originalist' Jurists (Sept. 15, 2005)
Judge Rules Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional (Sept. 14, 2005)

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