Yesterday I briefly touched on the controversy over the Pledge of Allegiance. Now a lot more details have been released about it.
This from an article at Fox News.
ELK GROVE, Calif–An atheist says he was trying only to draw a line between church and state not provoke a national furor when he went to court to challenge the Pledge of Allegiance. Two years ago, Michael Newdow, a Sacramento doctor who holds a law degree and represented himself, sued because his second-grade daughter was compelled to listen to her classmates recite the pledge at the Elk Grove school district. .
Let’s analyze that for a moment shall we. An atheist doctor who holds a law degree from Kalifornia. I haven’t seen a picture of this guy but I can just imagine the ponytail. An atheist doctor? So finally a doctor that doesn’t believe he’s God. And he didn’t want his daughter to have to listen to the Pledge. I can sort of understand where he’s coming from. I’d be upset if the Pledge said “one nation under L. Ron Hubbard”. But boo freakin’ hoo pal. I’m sure your daughter really wanted you to take to the federal courts. He?s been receiving threatening phone calls. I don’t condone threats of violence against this man. It makes so-called religious people look like fanatical zealots. But what did this guy expect? That the country would embrace him as a hero? Oh yes thank you sir for removing that awful “God” from our pledge of allegiance. How did we ever function as a society before you came along? I’m glad to see it’s not just religious families who inflict their views upon their children.
And this brings up the whole debate about the separation of church and state. As I’ve said before the separation of church and state was designed to prevent our country from becoming a theocracy. A theocracy defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary is a government by person or persons claiming to rule with divine authority. In plain English, a government ruled by one religion. It was not intended to keep religious items off government property and such. As an aside I have a question. How come it seems like only Judeo-Christian stuff is only complained about? You never hear stories about how a government worker was ordered to remove Muslim or Wiccan items from their place of work.
But there are some bright spots in this whole saga.
According to this article from CNN…
The 9th Circuit is the most overturned appeals court in the country and is considered by legal scholars to be the most liberal.
And there is someone actually emerging as a hero in all this. His name is Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez. The only dissenting judge on the 9th Circuit Court. According to the initial Fox News article
In a dissent, Circuit Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez, appointed by the first President Bush, warned that under his colleagues’ theory of the Constitution, “we will soon find ourselves prohibited from using our album of patriotic songs in many public settings.” “‘God Bless America’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ will be gone for sure,” he said, “and while use of the first and second stanzas of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ will still be permissible, we will be precluded from straying into the third.” Fernandez said the same faulty logic would apply to “In God We Trust” on the nation’s currency.
Look, I don’t care what religion you practice. That?s one of the basic foundations of this country. But if you’re offended by the Pledge then don’t recite it. It’s only two words. It’s not like someone is trying to drag you kicking and screaming into church.
Some people won’t be happy until every mention of God is removed from our society. And that’s just defiling the graves of our founding fathers.