YAY! I'm so happy about this article I could... well, I could sit here and blog about it. (What did you think I was gonna do? Get up and dance? Are you new here or something?)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
-The First Amendment
Cheers to the SF Appeals court. I'm thrilled to see that there are people in places of power who still understand what the hell "separation of church and state" means. Especially since neither our President and Senate get it.
...that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
-Virginia's religious freedom bill,
by Thomas Jefferson. Enacted Jan. 19, 1786
The President referred to the ruling as "ridiculous" and the Senate passed a resolution (99-0) supporting the pledge. (Both my senators are getting a letter from me. I'm disgusted.) I think it's quite easy to see what our founding fathers intended regarding the relationship between church and state.
Perhaps they forget why the Pledge was altered in 1954 to include the words "under God"? It was a weak, misguided attempt to uncover those godless communists that were taking over the world. Well, perhaps someone should wake Senator Byrd and tell him that it's a new decade/century/millenium? We won the cold war. (Or, more aptly put, we lost less than the Soviets.)
Besides, don't they watch TV? The communists aren't the enemy anymore. It's the terrorists. And last time I checked, damned near all the terrorists are religious. (Ooh! Maybe we should change it to say "Under our judeo-christian God"...? That might root out those nasty muslims! And then, maybe after we're done with the muslims we can change it to say "Under our Christian God" and we can get rid of all them Jews! I wonder how we can work in some text to get rid of all the minorities and homoesexuals too? Maybe "Under our, white, heterosexual, Christian God"?)
I don't get why (some, not all) theists are so intent keep that text in the pledge. Why not revert it back to the secular version? Why exclude atheists and polytheistic/non-theistic religions from the pledge? Some of us are damned fine Americans.
I love my country, but some of you people are fucking stupid.