PuddlePirate is optimistic about atheist Michael Newdow’s new challenge to the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance:
Watch for the Ninth Circuit to stroke his ego again, and then watch for another Supreme Court smackdown. Ripeness and mootness probably don’t apply, so I’m betting the Supremes will simply punt: refuse to hear the case, let the Ninth Circuit ruling stand, and wait for Congress to act.
What’ll Congress do? I think they’ll either float a Constitutional Amendment, or remove all Pledge of Allegiance cases from the jurisdiction of the federal courts.
So Derek, I agree we need to keep fighting and praying. We do live in a fallen world. However, I honestly think we’re farther from the precipice of abandoning “under God” than you fear.
We’re in the time of the Great Falling Away. George Barna’s research shows that American men continue to abandon Christianity. Statistically, that means the percentage of unchurched in the generations to come can only grow (a father’s influence on a child’s spiritual growth cannot be understated).
It may not happen this time around, Puddle, but sooner or later, America will officially declare itself a nation Under Nothing.
You know what? I’m okay with that.
Not that I look forward to it; far from it. Thinking about the world my grandchildren will inherit can be depressing. I want for them an America that remembers how it became great, but I just don’t see that happening.
But the apostasy of our times was prophesied, and it heralds the return of the Messiah. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly!