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Four words should remain in Pledge

Sunday, October 26, 2003

"One nation, under God." Four simple words. Yet in today's society, these four simple words are anything but simple. The Supreme Court - the highest judicial authority in this nation - has agreed to hear arguments that schools be banned from using these four words as part of the Pledge of Allegiance recited by generations of American school kids for decades.

It's easy to become outraged at this unique case and fall back on all of the cliches about the decay in our society. I agree with those who say the removal of all religious comments from the public forum is a large part of the social decline we're witnessing. But I'll try not to fall back on those customary arguments. It's just too easy.

If you believe in our Constitution, then the issue of church and state separation is far removed from the legal battle that the Supreme Court will address. The patriotic oath recited as our Pledge of Allegiance is important in countless ways. But the Pledge is but a symbol of our collective vision of America.

There are millions who believe that justice in this country has slowly been eroded. So should we remove the word "justice" from the Pledge? Our freedoms have clearly been redefined through the years yet there is no cry for that word being removed from the Pledge. But what is being removed on a daily basis is the concept of majority rule. That much is certain.

There is undeniable overwhelming support for the words "One nation, under God" to remain a part of our Pledge. On that point there is no disagreement. Yet a tiny minority of those who oppose this wording can somehow impose their will and their beliefs on the majority of Americans. The process that allows this to happen should be called into question.

Here's an interesting footnote to this story. The gentleman in California who brought this case before the court claims that his 9-year-old daughter was offended by the recitation in her classroom. Turns out, the gentleman is not the father of the child, has no custody and, in fact, the daughter is from a Christian home and finds no opposition to the Pledge as it now stands. So how in the world did this gentleman find legal standing in a court to bring this case before the highest court in the nation? That too deserves an answer. It's also worth mentioning that the gentleman hopes to try the case himself in front of the Supreme Court which might give you some insight into the character and publicity-hungry nature of the fella.

I am saddened that this case could make it into our court system. But since it's there, then perhaps we should resort to prayer in the hopes that the highest court in this land will affirm the beliefs and wishes of the majority of Americans.



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