Last updated on: 7/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Pledge Protection Act 2003 (S. 1297) Overview

I. Summary

II. Co-Sponsors

III. Related Links

 

I. Summary

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, introduced Senate Bill 1297, more commonly known as the Pledge Protection Act 2003, on June 19, 2003. This bill would amend title 28 of the United States Code with respect to the jurisdiction of Federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court over certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. It was then submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary but did not become law.

Pledge Protection Act 2003 stated, “No court established by Act of Congress shall have jurisdiction to hear or determine any claim that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag (`I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’) violates the first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

See the full text of Pledge Protection Act 2003 (PDF)

 

II. Co-Sponsors

Senator’s Name State Party Date of Co-Sponsorship
Wayne Allard CO Republican July 17, 2003
Jim Bunning KY Republican Oct. 22, 2003
James Inhofe OK Republican July 7, 2003
Jon Kyle AZ Republican Sept. 25, 2003
Ted Stevens AK Republican July 14, 2003
Jim Talent MO Republican June 19, 2003

 

III. Related Links

1. Read the full text of Pledge Protection Act 2003 (PDF)

2. Research Congressional Actions on the Pledge of Allegiance.

3. Explanation of the First Amendment as it relates to the Pledge of Allegiance.

4. Pledge of Allegiance History 1887-Today