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September 16, 2005

Newdow's ex-wife fights to keep pledge

From the Sacramento Bee...

Sandy Banning, mother of the 11-year-old Elk Grove student whose father is atheist Michael Newdow, has become an activist for keeping the pledge intact - with the phrase "under God" - while Newdow battles against its constitutionality.

Banning showed up in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to buttonhole members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and to lobby for the confirmation of John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for U.S. Supreme Court chief justice.

Her appearance came a day after Newdow won an important federal court ruling in Sacramento that virtually guarantees the high court again will hear the question of whether it is unconstitutional coercion for the pledge containing the words "under God" to be recited in the classrooms of America....

"We won on a technicality," Banning said of the decision last year. "It's given us maybe two years to educate the American public - to stir the pot, if you will - on why these cases are important, why maintaining our traditional values and our heritage is important."

Banning, who counsels corporations from her Elk Grove home on how they can move operations overseas, has formed the One Nation Under God Foundation. The fledgling foundation is operating under the umbrella of the Traditional Values Coalition and has hired professional fundraisers in the hopes of raising perhaps $10 million to campaign on behalf of the pledge.

There's a rumor that Michael Newdow has hired Michael Schiavo as a consultant to advise him on methods of shutting up wives and ex-wives, but that's just a rumor.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 16, 2005 07:22 AM

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