ARCHIVE - Federal Appeals Court refuses to rule "Under God" in pledge is unconstitutional...

Archive: Thu Mar 11 22:06:09 2010
Title: Federal Appeals Court refuses to rule "Under God" in pledge is unconstitutional...
Mood: annoyed
Music: Trance Tuesday #044
Not a huge surprise, but the court said that the words "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance is constitutional

The words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are an appeal to patriotism, not religion, and do not violate the separation of church and state, a federal appeals court ruled today - the same court that declared the pledge unconstitutional in 2002.

In a separate ruling, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in San Francisco upheld the placement of the national motto, "In God We Trust," on coins and currency. The language is patriotic and ceremonial, not religious, the court said.

It is not really a surprise. It seems the courts start with the assumption that the phrases are ok and then bend over backwards to make them ok.

The reality is that both phrases were added in the 50s for explicitly religious reasons and should have never been passed into law. But since they were made into law, it is no reason they should remain law.

If the phrases are religious in nature, then they have no business on our money or our pledge and should be declared unconstitutional.

On the other hand, if the phrases are just "ceremonial", then why all the furor every time someone wants to remove them? The religious vitriol against anyone who wants to clean our money and our pledge only demonstrates that the phrases are religious in nature and not ceremonial and thus should be declared unconstitutional.

Oh well, there will be another challenge on another day and some day we can hope that our money and pledge are restored.

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