Conrad Zaar dropped me a line regarding the recent ruling by a federal judge calling the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional: “Hey, here’s a bit of good news from San Francisco regarding the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. With luck, Lawrence Karlton’s ruling will get the issue before the Supreme Court again.” True, it’s interesting to watch all the arguments for or against it. The guy who filed the lawsuit makes a valid point:
“Imagine every morning if the teachers had the children stand up, place their hands over their hearts, and say, ‘We are one nation that denies God exists.’ I think that everybody would not be sitting here saying, ‘Oh, what harm is that.’ They’d be furious. And that’s exactly what goes on against atheists. And it shouldn’t.”
While I don’t consider myself an atheist exactly, I don’t see the need to include God in a patriotic pledge, especially when we make so much noise about the separation of church & state in this country. (And which god are we talking about? It oughta be more specific. The answer is: the one and only Christian God, you anti-American dirtball! But I digress…) I seriously doubt we’ll ever see the “under God” bit removed, but stranger things have happened. Of course, some don’t think that this separation should exist, and they’re happy with the pledge just the way it is… However it goes, it’s fascinating to watch. Bringing up this issue in such a public manner is like kicking an anthill!