This is slightly old news (in internet news time) but the result of the Michael ‘I hate my country’s history’ Newdow’s lawsuit is in.
The 9th Circuit Federal Appeals court (which had previously ruled in Newdow’s favor, only to be overruled by the Supreme Court on technical grounds) in a 2-1 ruling, ruled that words ‘under God’ do not violate the 1st amendment. Most people with half a brain already knew of course that this phraseology didn’t in fact ‘establish’ a church of any sort, but it often takes a Federal Court ruling to explain this to a militant atheist.
In a separate 3-0 ruling, the court further delegitimized Mr. Newdow’s purpose in life, and ruled against his suit to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from American coins and currency.
The rulings themselves are of no surprise, and completely consistent with the American view of religion in American life, going back to the origin of the country. That the 9th circuit finally figured this out is the big news here.