The Supreme court yesterday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality the words "under God" in schools' daily salute to the flag. During the arguments, atheist and plaintiff Michael A. Newdow told Supreme Court justices that the pledge amounted to compulsory prayer that he considered to be an affront to his beliefs. U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson countered that the words "under God" merely reflected the heritage of the nation rather than state-imposed religious indoctrination.
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