That's the question I would love to ask Micheal Newdow. Why is this weirdo still in the news? When is he going to realize that 98.4% of this country want to keep the pledge the way it is and just go away and leave the rest of us alone? Back in 2002 he tried once before, and failed. Now he tried again in '10, and this time by a 3-0 vote, they slapped him down. Has it sunk in yet, Micheal? the people of this country believe in God, and they want the pledge to remind them of that fact. Deal with it and move on with your life.
Oh, and for all you liberal whiners out there that cry "separation of church and state", TELL ME WHERE IT SAYS THOSE WORDS IN THE CONSTITUTION BEFORE YOU GO SCREAMING THEM IN MY FACE!!!
Here is a comment I left on a blog that lauded the lone dissenting opinion in one of the decisions rendered in the court. What do you want to bet the blogger won't bother reading it?
This judge's reasoning is all over the map. I have a few questions about this opinion he rendered:
1. What does Roe v. Wade have to do with taking "under God" out of the pledge of allegiance?
2. How can something be unconstitutional if it's not covered in the constitution? There is no mention of any kind of pledge of allegiance there.
3. Given that the majority of the country believes in God, it stands to reason that most of their children also believe in God. Who exactly are we offending by professing our faith openly in public? The Founding Fathers never discouraged the expression of faith in the public square. As Thomas Jefferson himself once said, "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
6. Who exactly is forcing you to say Under God in the pledge? Is someone holding a gun to the head of every atheist in the country and threatening them to say it? I doubt that very much.
7. The "under God" change was not the only change that the pledge has undergone over the years. And I quote: "In 1942 the pledge received official recognition by congress when it was included into the U.S. flag code. Congress added the phrase 'under God' in 1954" Again, no mention of being forced to acknowledge God. If you as an individual choose not to say under God, you may do so.
If we take "under God" out of the pledge, what's next? Not being able to lay flags over caskets? Not being able to display the flag behind podiums while speaking if the venue happens to be a church or religious institution?
And on a more personal note, I read your comment over at "Musings of a Bored Mind." Exactly who did the blogger of that site insult? You or Newdow? And if it was you, why were you insulted?
Finally, the pledge is to the FLAG and THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS. The pledge is not made to any God at all. By placing "under God" in the pledge, congress acknowledged what the majority already had assumed. That the government was not the final moral authority. Nowhere in the pledge does it force you to acknowledge the belief in any sort of God, be it the Christian God, the Muslim Allah, or the Old Testament God of Abraham. God is used strictly as a generic term meaning "higher power."