Yahoo! News - U.S. Court Won't Review Pledge of Allegiance Ruling
A three member panel of the 9th circuit infuriated much of the country in June of 2002 when it found by a vote of 2-1 that the phrase "under God" contained in the pledge violated the separation of church and state mandated by the U.S. Constitution because it appeared to endorse religion.
This seems quite ok to me - if you don't believe in God why should you say the words during a pledge to your country? Patriotism and religion are not the same thing. Yet, not really surprisingly, massive numbers of merkins - with Dubya leading the charge - can't cope with the idea.