Hillary Rodham Clinton 2002 Letter Transcript

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From Hillary Rodham Clinton

Thank you for writing.  Your thoughts on the recent decision by the Appeals Court of the Ninth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of the pledge of allegiance are very important to me and I appreciate that you have taken the time to share them with me.

I believe that the Court misinterpreted the intent of the framers of the Constitution and instead undermined one of the bedrock values of our democracy, that we are indeed “one nation under God,” as embodied in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States.  It is my hope that this wrong and unfair decision will be promptly appealed and overturned.

That is why I am supporting S. 292, the Pledge of Allegiance resolution.

While our men and women in uniform are battling overseas and defending us here at home to preserve the freedom that we all cherish for our country ad its citizens, we should never forget the blessings of Divine Providence that undergird our nation.  That includes the freedom to recite the pledge of allegiance in our nation’s schools.  Our government does not impose faith on its citizens.  There is no moral or Constitutional argument why our pledge of allegiance cannot acknowledge our commonly held belief that ours is one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Again, thank you for writing.  Please check my website at http://clinton.senate.gov for regular updates on this and other important issues being discussed before the United States Senate.

Sincerely yours,
Hillary Rodham Clinton