Last updated on: 3/6/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Senate Joint Resolution 43 Overview

I. Summary

II. Co-Sponsors

III. Related Links

 

I. Summary

Sen. Trent Lott, Republican from Mississippi, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 43 on Aug. 1, 2002 proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to guarantee the right to use and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the national motto. On Sept. 3, 2002 it was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders, but it never came to a vote.

Senate Joint Resolution 43 resolved that, “the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

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SECTION 1. The first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States shall not be construed to prohibit the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, which shall be, `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.’

SECTION 2. The first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States shall not be construed to prohibit the recitation or use of the national motto, which shall be, `In God we trust.'”

See the full text of Senate Joint Resolution 43 (PDF)

 

II. Co-Sponsors

No Co-Sponsors

 

III. Related Links

1. Read the full text of Senate Joint Resolution 43 (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