The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is censoring the voice of the majority of Americans on the Pledge of Allegiance issue and must be held accountable.

It has been months since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling banning the Pledge of Allegiance from our schools because of the words "under God." Despite overwhelming public support for the Pledge in its current form, the 9th Circuit has conducted a series of lengthy delays to avoid the question of re-hearing this case.

Also, the same three-judge panel that issued the original ruling has proceeded to reject "Friend Of The Court" briefs from several leading conservative-minded organizations, including: the American Legion, American Center for Law and Justice, Christian Legal Society, Claremont Institute Center, Wallbuilders, Alliance Defense Fund and

Interestingly,'s brief was filed on behalf of more than 50,000 citizens who co-signed the brief. Nonetheless, the Court refused to even hear the voice of more than 50,000 citizens who care deeply about this case and our nation.

Last summer, this case was headline news. But now, this issue has dropped off the media's radar. The 9th Circuit Court — and specifically this three-judge panel — has succeeded in diffusing public opinion through delay tactics and by rejecting input from conservative organizations like This type of biased conduct should not be allowed in our judicial system.

Larry S. Maxwell

Salt Lake City