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More on “under God”

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More on “under God” Reader Traci E pointed me toward this WorldNet story about the 9th Circuit Court’s decision excising “under God” from the Pledge.

The court concluded that “the statement that the United States is a nation ‘under God’ is an endorsement of religion.” I agree wholeheartedly, yet the court says this as if it’s somehow a problem. In fact, the court’s second mistake was to conclude that “the text of the official Pledge, codified in federal law, impermissibly takes a position with respect to the purely religious question of the existence and identity of God.” So long as the government does not force anyone to express that belief, there’s nothing impermissible about such an endorsement whatsoever.

I’m not sure I agree with this position. The coercive nature of the recitation of the pledge, even in a “voluntary” school setting, may be enough to convince the Supreme Court to uphold this ruling.

What if Congress decided to include “under Allah” or “under Buddha” in the Pledge? Would that qualify as “establishing” Islam or Buddhism? I grew up in SC where every (public) school assembly included a prayer ending with “in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen”. Was anyone required to participate in the prayer? No, but you can bet that there was a lot of pressure to bow your head and not walk out of the auditorium. For some more analysis on this issue, click here. The author is a conservative ConLaw professor.

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