Thursday, April 07, 2005

Under god, forever

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

In 1954, Senator Homer Ferguson sponsored a bill to amend the Pledge of Allegiance to include the words "under god", supposedly to distinguish the US from the (atheist) USSR. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on June 14, 1954.

In June 2002 Michael Newdow sued for the removal of the words "under god" from the pledge of allegiance, on the grounds that the first amendment prohibits the establishment of a state religion, and that he had a right to raise his daughter "without god being imposed into her life by her schooteachers". The 9th Circuit Court decided that the inclusion of the "under god" clause was unconstitutional, and ruled in his favour.

Shortly after, the issue was raised to the Supreme Court.

Faced with the dilemma of choosing between incurring the wrath of the Christian Taliban and possible impeachment, or forever destroying their legacy by going down in history as being party to one of the worst legal decisions of all time, the Justices of the Supreme Court did the only thing they could do. They punted.

The Supremes overturned the ruling of the lower Court, but refused to make a decision with regards to the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance. The official excuse was that since Michael Newdow did not have sole custody of his child, he had no grounds to sue on his daughter's behalf.

Note that since they have not actually made a decision, this case can theoretically be brought to the Supreme Court again.

But not if Shelby (R-AS), Brownback (R-KS) and Burr (R-NC) have their way. Having solved all problems in their respective home states, they have taken it upon themselves to look after the spiritual welfare of the nation by introducing Senate House Bill 520, otherwise known as the "Constitution Restoration Act of 2005", which seeks to amend Title 28, Chapter 81 of the United States Code to add the following;

'Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.'

I hope that this piece of shit doesn't pass, but I suspect that I will be disappointed as we continue our inexorable march toward becoming a theocratic state.


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