Skip to content

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes the ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals today that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because of the words "under God", should be a wake up call for citizens to get involved in the political process.

"Our citizens need to get out and vote for governors, legislators and presidents who will appoint and confirm judges who will make rulings from the bench that will benefit our society," said Enzi. "This extremist view has moved from the fringe to the forefront and strikes at some of the basic pillars that have held our country up since its beginning."

Enzi believes the ruling is out of step with the values held by most Americans, but because many people choose not to participate in our political process it makes the system more vulnerable to manipulation.

Enzi does not want the views of the mainstream forced on those individuals who have a different view, but this is a case where the reverse is true and to him that is equally offensive.

"Parents and children have every right to refuse to say the Pledge or whatever words they find offensive, but I don't think they should be able to tell me and the hundreds of millions of other parents and children that we can't say the Pledge," said Enzi. "Under the Constitution all of us have the right to express our beliefs."

Enzi and his colleagues in the Senate passed this evening a Sense of the Senate Resolution by a vote of 99-0 that stated their strong disagreement with the 9th Circuit ruling and that they will challenge it in court.

The ruling does not take affect for several months and could potentially be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 9th Circuit includes California, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state and the ruling does not directly affect schoolchildren in Wyoming. The 10th Circuit, which includes Wyoming, has ruled that public schools may conduct patriotic ceremonies such as the Pledge of Allegiance, but they may not compel participation by children who object.