Friday, February 28, 2003

Thank God, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its decision that "under God" cannot be a required part of the pledge. Now the case will probably go the Supreme Court, where I suspect the majority will uphold this decision, too. To paraphrase a Supreme Court justice, putting "under God" is equivalent to putting "under Allah" in the pledge. Other variants are "under Goddess," "under gods" and "under Satan." (Incidentally, a pledge itself is not exactly constitutional. Read A Country With No Name: Tales from the Constitution by Sebastian de Grazia for more info on pledges, but ignore the book's erotic (sic) bits. This book also reveals that "America" used to be interchangable with "Columbia.")