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← Court clears reciting of Pledge of Allegiance at Western schools

soul_biscuit's Avatar Jump to comment 54 by soul_biscuit

I third the advice to read the dissenting opinion. The majority opinion made be angrier and angrier as I slogged through it, but the dissenting opinion restored somewhat my faith in humanity.

What's troubling is the absurd lengths Judge Bea took to arrive at the majority opinion. You wouldn't think that anyone could seriously suggest that the words "Under God" have a valid secular purpose, but Bea gave it his best shot. He also suggested that Congressmen and Senators in 1954 and 2002 gave valid secular reasons for the amendment, when virtually all of them commented that they hoped it would instill stronger faith in children (and remind atheists how un-American they are.)

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 22:44:00 UTC | #449184