Thanks to a cowardly ruling by the Supreme Court:
SAN FRANCISCO – An atheist who sued because he did not want his young daughter exposed to the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance has filed another lawsuit — this time with other parents.
Michael Newdow won his case more than two years ago before a federal appeals court, which said it was an unconstitutional blending of church and state for public school students to pledge to God.
In June, however, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, saying Newdow could not lawfully sue because he did not have custody of his elementary school-aged daughter and because the girl’s mother objected to the lawsuit.
In other words, the Court ignored the case and focused on his right to file the suit (something the lower courts should have addressed). By doing so, they only delayed the inevitable appeal–and here it is.
Christians, we’re going to have to face a defeat on this issue sooner or later. I don’t suggest giving up the fight; if this is indeed a nation that is no longer under God–and one could build a good case that we are not–then we’d better prepare for judgment.
A nation that acknowledges no higher authority is precisely what humanists like Michael Newdow want. (The neocons directing our foreign policy should note that they are behaving as though they want the same thing.) I can only assume that Mr. Newdow is completely oblivious to irony, since it is only because this nation was created on the belief that all men were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that he is able to sue in the first place.
Or is the pledge just the opening salvo in a bigger campaign?
The first question, then, is how the original case ever made it to the 9th Circuit Court. Second, when does he sue to remove all references to God from our currency, the Declaration of Independence, and the chambers of the Supreme Court?