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Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion; or prohibiting the free exercise thereof....

When President Dwight Eisenhower signed the legislation in 1954, he said that henceforth "millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty."

I mean, really. There's nothing ambiguous about that at all, is there? The Pledge of Allegiance, as modified by law in 1954, requires public schoolchildren to profess their belief in and loyalty to God. How is that coercion acceptable under the First Amendment?

Tom Daschle (who should be forced to wear a sandwich board proclaiming "Trent Lott is standing on my neck -- and I love it!") immediately rolled over and declared the ruling "nuts." Now a bunch of fuckwit Senators want to amend the Constitution to allow "under God" to remain. Tragic.

No one is arguing, according to a particularly dim-witted Lite FM DJ I heard this morning while shopping for a get-well card, that people will be arrested for declaring "Thank God it's Friday." Are people really that fucking stupid? This milquetoast-y lad and his giggly sidekick suggested that the 10-yr-old girl whose father brought the suit should just be "tied up and locked in a broom closet" every morning until her classmates are done reciting the prayer. I mean the Pledge.

And why do we force children to take loyalty oaths anyway? How utterly meaningless, not to mention vaguely creepy.

This ruling, correct though it is, could not have come at a worse time. If only they'd waited to rule until after the elections in November! Now Republicans will probably storm back into congressional power in both houses, propelled by brainless jingoism and rants about "activist judges" (i.e., any judge who disagrees with the Christian Right's quest for theocracy). The same Republicans who held up Clinton's judicial nominees will force through a bunch of right-wing nutjob appointments because anyone who would speak out against them must be one-a them California Pledge-of-Allegiance-hatin' godless com-symp Osama-lovin' bastards.

Did anyone predict when Chimpy took (and I do mean "took") office that things would go so irretrievably wrong so quickly? Again I say, we're doomed.

Replies: 3 Confessions

right on sista!
Every time I tell someone here that we had to recite the pledge every day in school they look at me with horror. "how third reich" was one reatcion.

the other amy @ 06/28/2002 04:33 PM CST


We didn't have to say it, in Catholic school.

Similarly, the Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and animist kids didn't have to do the Stations of the Cross or First Communion - but if you didn't put money in the plate every Sunday you had to pay that tithing as extra tuition (it was the same amount required, either way). And in religion class, we were encouraged to study whatever religion we felt like, and if we didn't come up with a good proposal we'd fall back on regular old Catholic Christianity.

Go figure.

Jessica @ 06/28/2002 10:16 PM CST


God is Love.To all who believe. in Jesus Christ shall have eternal life.

maxine @ 03/13/2004 10:13 AM CST


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