Pledge: Take II
Today's blog is a guest appearance by one of my favorite attorneys, who has asked to remain anonymous because this was just dashed off and is not as polished as it might be. Close enough for government work, says I:
Here is what bugs me about this whole sad mess. I agree that the government should stay out of the religion business. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is that nobody in the government is smart enough or enlightened enough to have anything useful to say about religion. But the fact that the pledge of allegiance states that this is one nation "under God" just does not come close to the establishment of a state religion. Nobody with any common sense could look at the government of the United States and think that there is an established religion -- or that the pledge of allegiance establishes a state religion. Only a person like the plaintiff in the pledge case is going to be a big enough [you know what] to think that it matters. To get some idea of who this guy is, go here: http://www.tleeves.net/pledge.html
Now let's take a moment to analyze the rest of the pledge:
This is not one nation. It is a polyglot and getting more so -- not just in nationality, but in fundamental beliefs about right and wrong and about what matters in life. It is not indivisible. It is getting more divided every day. It does not now, and never has, provided liberty and justice for all. At best, it provides some liberty and occasional justice for most. If you doubt this, read your history or visit a courthouse.
So why do we try to indoctrinate our poor little school children with this propaganda? Please Mr. Newdow, save us from this government-sponsored misinformation as you have saved us from the "infusion" of religion into our lives through the pledge of allegiance.
. . . I am not trying to tear down the United States. Lest you have any doubts about whether this is the greatest nation in the history of humankind, ask yourselves why people are knocking down the doors to get in. Talk to some people who have lived elsewhere. But we do have our faults and problems; most of which are a bit more important than whether the pledge of allegiance (which no school child, or other person, is required to recite, by the way] contains the phrase, "under God."