Mr. HOLDEN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the rule and of the underlying resolution. I, like all of my colleagues and the entire American people, are outraged at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who have declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because of the words ``under God.'' Mr. Speaker, patriotism is at an all-time high in rise since September 11 as we stand united behind our Commander in Chief and as we stand behind those brave men and women who wear the uniform daily and are fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and across the world.
This decision could not have come at a worse time. This decision was ill advised. It was ridiculous, and we need to send a clear message that we are going to stand as a Congress to see that the words ``under God'' stay in the Pledge of Allegiance, or what will be next? Mr. Speaker, above the Chair's head, ``In God We Trust.'' Will that be the next thing to be attacked? Our currency, ``In God We Trust.'' Will that be the next to be attacked? We need to stand united and send a clear message that we are not going to adhere to this ridiculous decision, and I hope it will be overturned as quickly as possible.