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Why change for one atheist?

I pledge allegiance to the flag,
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Thursday, just one week before our nation will celebrate the 226th anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance amounts to a governmental endorsement of religion and violates the so-called separation of church and state.
The ruling could prevent schoolchildren in nine western states, covered by the court, from reciting the Pledge in school.
In a 2-1 decision, the court said that reciting the Pledge in public schools is unconstitutional because of the reference to God, which was inserted by Congress on Flag Day 1954, during the Cold War, to distinguish America from the godless communist countries of Europe and Asia.
The court’s decision was based on a case brought before it by a California atheist, Dr. Michael Newdow, who said his second grade daughter was compelled to listen to her classmates recite the Pledge at her elementary school.
Representing himself before the court, Newdow called the Pledge a “religious idea that certain people don’t agree with.”
Congress and the White House called this ruling an outrage and “just nuts.” Upon hearing of the decision, House members gathered on the steps of the Capitol to recite the Pledge as a way of voicing their opposition, and a vote taken in the Senate, denouncing the decision, passed 99-0.
Legislators said they would push for a constitutional amendment authorizing the words “under God” if the Supreme Court doesn’t reverse this ruling.
The Ninth Circuit Court is the nation’s most overturned appellate court — partly because it tends to make liberal, activist opinions. This opinion was written by Judge Alfred Goodwin, who was appointed to the court in 1971 by President Nixon.
In Indiana and Kentucky there is no school policy which requires children to recite the Pledge, but many schools allow students to lead the Pledge as part of their morning announcements.
The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath that Americans take with their right hand placed on their hearts to affirm their agreement with the ideals of our nation. Immigrants becoming citizens are required to repeat the Pledge.
The phrase “one nation, under God” refers to our dependence and trust in God as a nation. Some legal experts say that in 2002 the god referred to is not so much a Christian god but a generic god, which makes us aware of a supreme being ruling the universe.
President Dwight Eisenhower is reported to have said the phrase “under God” would remind Americans to remain humble in regard to all of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
The Pledge assures liberty and justice for all, but is it wrong to declare its reference to God unconstitutional for all just because it is offensive to one?
Throughout our national history, we have recognized God as provider and protector. Beginning with the Mayflower Compact, our important documents, which ensure our rights and freedoms as a nation, refer to God.
The Declaration of Independence itself makes four references to God and our patriotic songs proclaim, “God bless America” and “America, America, God shed His grace on thee… “. Even our money declares, “In God We Trust.”
The phrase “under God” highlights our reliance on God to assure that the United States remains indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
We should not, in an effort to be politically correct and guarantee everyone’s rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech, allow one person to change a pledge that so many Americans have treasured, honored and died for.

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