For those of you who keep yourselves sheltered from all national news, there is an interesting debate going on in the Supreme Court right now about the words “One Nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. An atheist named Michael Newdow sued his child’s school system in California for making his child say the Pledge of Allegiance saying thta it was against his freedom of religion to proclaim that there exists a supreme being.
The federal appeal’s court upheld a ruling in his favor, and the case has since been raised to the United States Supreme Court for a final ruling. The debate has been going on for some time now.
This is what I think:
I agree with the appellate court’s ruling. These words do, in fact, infringe on some Americans’ first amendment rights. To athiests, ones who deny the existance of a God, it appears that the state is forcing a religion onto them; forcing them to believe in the God that our forefathers believed in.
This brings up another intersting point. Some may argue that to ban these words from the Pledge of Allegiance is to deny a portion of our history. This is in no way true. The words “One Nation under God” were added in 1954. The main argument brought to the floor in Congress was that communist nations do not believe in an individualist society governed by God. Again, not true. Their society is not individualist, but that does not mean that they are without a God.
Leaving the words out of our Pledge of Allegiance would not in any way detract from the founding ideals of our society nor would they take away the meaning that is associated with the Pledge.
Here is what the wording should be:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which is stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty, equality and justice for all.”
I could stand by something like that. Of course, I would want a clause thrown in that prevents dumbasses from being elected as President, but that wouldn’t get approved by the congress.
For more about the hearings, see this website.
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Song of the Day – Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
Event of the Day – Easter Dinner with the family. My uncle is a riot.
Hero of the Day – Luke for talking to me some over the graveyard.
Item of the Day – O.K. Cupid for hours of graveyard fun.
Quote of the Day – “The surest way to steal the meaning, and therefore the power, from religion is to deliver it to politics, to enslave it to public life.” –Leon Wieseltier
Darwin Award Recipient for the Week Begining April 4, 2004
The building services staff at Indiana University. Most of them are not the brightest individuals on the face of the earth. Every time I see one of them they’re on break or otherwise loafing around. I’m going to make a big sign, like the one Strong Bad has, that says “NO LOAFING” and I’m going to hang it in the Information Commons.
Current Mood – Exhausted…
Until next time…
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