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Lemon Fresh Pledge?

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The Supreme Court (sans Scalia) will decide whether the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the teacher-led Pledge of Allegiance in public schools offends the First Amendment. History buffs will note that the expressly religious motivation of the 1954 law that added the phrase—Eisenhower said, upon signing the law, that it was meant to affirm "the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future" as well as "strengthen" the public's "spiritual weapons"—contravenes the first and most elementary prong of the traditional Lemon Test: Laws must have a secular motive.