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Holabird Advocate

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Thursday, June 27, 2002
VOL. I Issue 6J
reprinted from USA TODAY reporter Martin Kasindorf
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that saying the Pledge of Alleigence in public schools is unconstitutional because the "under God" portion added by Congress in 1954 improperly endorses religion.
The 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in California stunned politicians and outraged religious groups.
President Bush called it "ridiculous".The U.S. Senate voted 99-0 on a resolution condemning the ruling.Members of the House of Representatives gathered on the steps of the Capitol to recite the Pledge.
"This is the worst kind of political correctness run amok."Sen.Kit Bond(R-Mo.)said
The ruling covers nine western states.It would take effect only if all appeals failed.
The ruling was bases on a lawsuit filed by Micheal Newdow,a Sacremento doctor and atheiest He argued that the teacher-led pledge in his daugther's second-grade class violated the First Amendment provision that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion".
by David Kravets,of the Associated press
A federal appeals court panel drew outrage from across the political spectrum by ruling that it is unconstitutional for cladssrooms to to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but the decision may not last for long
Some legal scholars say the ruling likely be overturned by the U.S Supreme Court or reversed by the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
by Jerry Hinkle,Special to The Holabird Advocate
Yes,I know,Most of this edition was reprinted from outside sources, but this column is all me. I, your courageous, dynamic publisher do have a thing or two of my own to say about this issue.Firstly, you can't be too suprised that this turn of events happenned in ultra liberal California (San Francisco no less). It has been a long time in coming.Yet both liberal and conservative alike find the ruling equally hard to swallow. Prayer in school is gone, as is prayer at graduation ceremonies.The Pledge is the only mention of God heard in school that isn't used as profanity,which I guess is alright for the hippies in The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.I am not shocked at all that this happened.Neither am I shocked at the backlash that the ruling created.As for "Separation of Church and State", anybody that can show me where in the Constitution that is,please do do.As far as the 1st Amendment issue goes,I believe that atheism is a religion. This ruling, which will be overturned, I'm sure, would violate the 1st Amendment because it puts the the atheist religions over non-atheist religions.
This latest assult on our religious freedoms by the liberals gave me a sense of irony.The words "under God" were added in 1954 because of the fear of the communist menace,and it would be a shame if we, as a nation, gave into the communist menace now. And so now here are two things I'd like to ask of you, the reader. If you do believe in any God, god, or Gods, whether it be Jehovah, Yahweh, Elohim, Jesus, Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, Zeus, The Force, or any other higher power out there and you gather at a place of worship that displays the American flag. Request that your member of clergy begin worship services by leading the faithful in the Pledge. Then go to the service yourself and say these wonderful words with pride : I Pledge Allegiance, to the Flag, Of The United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands.One Nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice for all.Thank you in advance.

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