Ok folks, this just came out over the wire, but the US Supreme Court basically chickened out over the Pledge of Allegiance.
They could have done the right thing and given a straightforward ruling saying that the morlaists and the bible-thumpers and the freedom-haters and the "God and Country" crowd were WRONG... because they were... when they inserted the words "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The court is the only government body that considers INTENT when it comes to legislation. No other body of government has to care about intent. The court does... and specifically the US Supreme Court MUST consider intent when it comes to legislation. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at that intent and realize that the original Pledge did NOT include the words "Under God" in them, and that those words were added at the request of religious groups SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of advancing a general religious belief. In other words RESPECTING THE ESTABLISHMENT of religion.
Read the legislation. Read the words by President Eisenhower when he signed that piece of crap legislation. Why did he sign it? What did he say the whole purpose of it was?
There is no "Nature's God" in the Pledge. There is no "Creator" in the Pledge. It's not "Under Yahweh" or "Under Allah" or "Under Buddha" or even "Under Beezebub".
Read the First Amendment. Read it carefully. Word for word. Re-read it if you have to. What does it say Congress CANNOT do when it comes to "respecting the estalishment of relgion"?
Anyone with a working BRAIN would come to that conclusion that inserting "Under God" int he Pledge was WRONG, even if that conclusion is in defiance to everything they have been indoctrinated to believe.
The justices of the US Supreme Court COULD have done that. They COULD have ruled with their brains. But they didn't.
The justices ruled 8-0, not for or against the Pledge itself, but rather that the plantiff, Michael Nedow, lacked the credentials to file such a suit in the first place. After all, he's just a divorced father who doesn't even have custody of his daughter. And because of that, the whole case... all the way down to the initial lawsuit... was dismissed.
What a pathetic miscarriage of justice!