Another win on the Pledge of Allegiance
It’s another win for Michael Newdow in his attempt to get “Under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. A federal court judge rules that reciting the Pledge in public schools is unconstitutional since forcing kids to refer to God violates their freedoms.
It will be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the most liberal federal appeals court, so it will probably pass. But then it will go up to the Supreme Court and likely get stomped again, just like Michael Newdow’s last case.
I find that really frustrating. I remember as a kid wondering what the hell the deal was with the “under God” reference and being bothered by it, just like I was also bothered by the “in God we trust” stuff on our money. If we have freedom of religion in the U.S., isn’t part of that freedom to not believe in God? Why then do we have God emblazoned across all our currency and the Pledge of Allegiance and all sorts of other crud? It’s never made sense to me. So I’m rooting for Michael. He’s not the most videogenic guy to put on CNN or Fox News representing this issue, but I’m sure glad he’s taking a stand.