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America: ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

March 12, 2010

You hear that, BarryO? GOD. Not your Allah.

Fed. appeals court upholds ‘under God’ in pledge
Source: TBO.com – News From AP

An appellate court has upheld references to God on U.S. currency and in the Pledge of

AP Photo/RICH PEDRONCELLI

Allegiance, rejecting arguments they violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

“The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 2-1 ruling Thursday.

Bea noted that schools do not require students to recite the pledge, which was amended to include the words “under God” by a 1954 federal law. Members of Congress at the time said they wanted to set the United States apart from “godless communists.”

In a separate 3-0 ruling, the appeals court upheld the inscription of the national motto “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins and currency, citing an earlier 9th Circuit panel that ruled the phrase is ceremonial and patriotic and “has nothing whatsover to do with the establishment of religion.”

The same appeals court caused a national uproar and prompted accusations of judicial activism when it decided in Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow’s favor in 2002, ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance violated the First Amendment prohibition against government endorsement of religion.

President George W. Bush called the 2002 decision “ridiculous,” senators passed a resolution condemning the ruling and Newdow received death threats.

That lawsuit reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004, but the high court said Newdow lacked the legal standing to file the suit because he didn’t have custody of his daughter, on whose behalf he brought the case.

So Newdow filed an identical challenge on behalf of other parents who objected to the recitation of the pledge at school. In 2005, a federal judge in Sacramento decided in Newdow’s favor, prompting the appeals court to take up the case again.

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was part of the three-judge panel that ruled in Newdow’s favor eight years ago, wrote a 123-page dissent to the 60-page majority opinion.

“Under no sound legal analysis adhering to binding Supreme Court precedent could this court uphold state-directed, teacher-led, daily recitation of the ‘under God’ version of the Pledge of Allegiance by children in public schools,” wrote Reinhardt, who was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Newdow, a doctor and attorney who founded a group called the First Atheist Church of True Science, told The Associated Press he would ask the appeals court to rehear the case. If it rejects that request, Newdow said he’ll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The whole argument that ‘under God’ wasn’t placed into the pledge for religious purposes is bogus,” Newdow said. “I hope people recognize this is not against God or people who believe in God. It’s about the government not treating people equally on the basis of their lawful religious views.”

Rory Little, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, said the Supreme Court is unlikely to review the case because Thursday’s ruling is the third appellate court decision upholding the pledge.

In addition, Congress passed legislation reaffirming the pledge in 2002, following the 9th Circuit’s ruling that struck it down.

“I think this is the last word on this particular lawsuit,” Little said. “It’s an important ruling.”

Greg Katsas, who argued the currency case on behalf of the U.S. government when the appellate court heard the case in December 2007, said the panel made the right decision Thursday.

“I think these two phrases encapsulate the philosophy on which the nation was founded,” said Katsas, who now works in private practice. “There is a religious aspect to saying “One nation under God,” but it isn’t like a prayer. When someone says the pledge, they’re not praying to God, they’re pledging allegiance to the country, the flag and the ideals of the country.”

Some of you youngsters might not KNOW the Pledge of Allegiance. The liberally biased schools do their best to abolish America, patriotism, individuality, and everything good about America. I know MY teachers did their damnedest to brainwash me. Fear not, kiddos. I, DangerB – your humble blogger, am going to recite the pledge for you:

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

I really mean it. I also thank God in Heaven for this great Nation. I thank him for making me who I am. Without God — life’s pretty empty. GOD BLESS the USA. God bless us all.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. superbloop permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:30 pm

    I like how your God did shit when the Nazis were in power.

    I like how your God did not stop the creation of new relgions, making the matter of going to heaven or hell a guessing game, even if you believe in a God.

    I also like how you don’t say that part of the pledge wasn’t added until the 1900’s by the Knights of Columbus.

    • April 8, 2010 12:29 am

      Superboob:

      God gave every man FREE WILL. You know what that is, right? I certainly hope so.

      So, and follow me here… Every man has the ability to think and act for themselves.

      God created Hitler; and like everyone who is born – he was born as an innocent baby – BUT Hitler was weak and eventually let Satan run his life. God’s duty isn’t to protect us from our own actions. Hitler was put into the position of power by mindless knobs who fell for his charismatic and charming ways of speaking – his false promises – and his ability to attract crowds and rile them up. Yes – very similar to the way Barack Hussein Obama was put into the power of position HE was in.

      So, every individual with free will who voted in Hitler – who used their OWN FREE WILL – paid one hell of a price for the votes and decisions that stemmed from their ill-informed and conformist ways of voting because they were stupid. You see? It’s a simple concept. Free will is a wonderful, but often dangerous gift. Much like a rifle. You can have it – you can use it – but if you’re not responsible, you’re a fucking fool.

  2. Fishleg permalink
    April 7, 2010 11:07 pm

    Number one, superdoofus, no one has ever died..everyone is still very much alive in Paradise.
    Number two, God gave every man an equal example of good and evil, and allows you to choose which you will follow, and He left us His Word so would know the difference from right and wrong.

    It would seem the most ignorant among us are also the loudest and most opinionated.
    But I will pray for you, dumbass.

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