Thursday, September 15, 2005

Say what?

Okay, does anyone else think that this is completely and utterly counter-intuitive? All who say 'yes' raise your hand. But just don't put it over your heart to say the Pledge if you're reading this in a California public school. It's no longer allowed.

That's right people...the Pledge of Allegiance was ruled unconstitutional by a California federal judge yesterday. Yes, I know that it's because it includes the phrase "under God." But that's just the small details. Can we just take step back here and think about what that means? The Pledge of Allegiance, as taught to me, is one of the symbols of our country - like the Statue of Liberty or the Declaration of Independence or the American flag. It reminds us of what our country represents. Sure, as elementary school children, we don't really understand what the words mean as we recite them...but they get so engrained in our heads, that by the time we've grown up, those words become something more.

I pledge allegiance
to the flag of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands.
One nation
(Under God)
With liberty and justice for all.

A symbol. Of our country. That's unconstitutional. I can't stand it. It's too much.

You know, the Declaration of Independence mentions God:

...the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them...

or a more widely known part:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men were created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...

Does that make it unconstitutional?

At least the Constitution doesn't mention God, other than to say that there's a separation of church and state. How funny would that be to declare the Constitution unconstitutional???

Read more in the article I found here. I guess it just sent me a little off-balance this morning...what a laugh!

i know it seems reduculous, but the pledge was forced upon me as a child and i never wanted to say it. i don't pledge allegiance to any flags. and the "under god" part is HUGE. it seems like a detail, but seeimngly our president likes to toot the religion horn rather often, so there has to be a place to stop it. it's a big deal because it represents so much more than just some pledge. this is a battle to end the marriage between government and religion.
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