I woke up this morning to a one-word headline blazing across my local paper: Unconstitutional. Apparently the 9th Circuit Court which governs the nine Western states, including Oregon, has decided that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Does this mean that our money "In God We Trust" can't be used here either? If that's the case, then we could send our taxes in paper money and the IRS would be forced to reject the payment.
Perhaps all of us who sang "God Bless America" including the US Senate last Sept. 11 should be arrested and prosecuted. And while we are at it, let's eliminate "so help me God" when we take an oath. Perhaps we can say, "so help me atheistic state."
This is one of the most ridiculous, asinine decisions I've ever heard. True, we have a separation of Church and State, but it was to keep the state from interferring with religion, not the other way around. Didn't the court remember history--we were settled by Pilgrims who came here to PRACTICE their religion, not become atheistics?
Let's hope a higher court has more wisdom. But don't count on it.