An online conservative organization has announced that more than 174,000 people have joined its amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that supports the constitutionality of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Grassfire.org says its brief originally was filed in December, but that it has now been amended to include the names of the thousands of co-signers. It will be submitted to the Supreme Court prior to oral arguments in Newdow v. U.S. Congress on March 24.

“With more than 174,000 signatures, this is one of the largest citizen-sponsored briefs to be presented to the nation’s highest court,” said Grassfire.org President Steve Elliot. “This amicus brief sends a strong message to the Supreme Court that American citizens want to keep ‘under God’ in the Pledge and faith in our public lives.”

As WorldNetDaily reported, the Supreme Court agreed to review a controversial ruling made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that banned the pledge in public schools because the phrase “one nation under God” was said to violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

The case was brought by Sacramento atheist activist Michael Newdow, who claimed subjecting his 8-year-old daughter, who attends Elk Grove Elementary School in California, to the recitation of the pledge amounted to “daily indoctrination of religious dogma.”

In addition to its amicus brief, Grassfire.org says it has spearheaded letter-writing campaigns and collected nearly 600,000 signatures on petitions that were delivered to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, President George W. Bush and other elected officials.

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