From Washington Post:(heavily excerpted by moi)
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge's reference to one nation "under God" violates school children's right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."
Karlton, appointed to the Sacramento bench in 1979 by President Carter, wrote that the case concerned "the ongoing struggle as to the role of religion in the civil life of this nation" and added that his opinion "will satisfy no one involved in that debate."
"Undoubtedly, the pledge contains a religious phrase, and it is demeaning to persons of any faith to assert that the words `under God' contain no religious significance," Judge Karen Williams wrote for the 4th Circuit. "The inclusion of those two words, however, does not alter the nature of the pledge as a patriotic activity."
Much legal battling still to go (including a probable trip to the Supreme Court -- any bets???), but at least someone's made a good point about how references to God really are about religion.
"Imagine every morning if the teachers had the children stand up, place their hands over their hearts, and say, 'We are one nation that denies God exists,'" claimant and Attorney Newdow said.
I was very thankful when someone finally showed me the L trick, which had never stuck previously because I didn't trust the way it looked in the flush of panic over not knowing my right from my left and besides, what if I'm dyslexic?