Pledge Decision Good for America

by Doug Schiffer

The 9th Circuit court in California has ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance should not have been amended in 1954 to include the phrase "under God".   This is a great victory for the American ideals of freedom and fairness.

Not everyone in this great nation believes that we are "under God".  I support America and I think that our nation is at its best when we promote freedom in all of its many forms.   However, I am an atheist, and I have no belief in a God.   Our government has no business telling us whether to believe in God or not.  Let's not forget that the pledge is government endorsed speach.  Having the government endorse the concept of god is just as egregious to me as the government endorsing the idea that there is no God.

Let us be clear - this ruling does not mean that it is illegal to say the Pledge of Allegiance.  What has been declared unconstitutional is the 1954 addition of the words "under God".  Drop those 2 words, and there is no conflict.   Without these two words, the Pledge does not imply that there is no God, but it then leaves up to the individual whether or not to believe there is.   I think freedom is at its greatest when the government gets out of the business of telling us what to think on these issues.

Let's restore the original pledge, and help maximize the freedom of the individual in these difficult times.  We need to come together as Americans - religious believers and nonbelievers.