Count me with the apparent few who agree with the 9th circuit court’s decision that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. The argument has been made that the Pledge refers to ‘god’, not ‘God’, encompassing the higher being for all religions…which still leaves Atheists high and dry. My first thought was, “Yeah, I agree with the court, but this is a silly thing and society in on the whole is not ready to accept a change. I can deal with a little tradition…”
Then I discovered the irksome fact that the ‘under God’ part was added in the 1950s! I can only imagine what prompted the change, but it’s apparent that there isn’t a long tradition associated with the phrase. Why can’t we go back to saying:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Oh, well…it’s still just a silly thing.