June 14, 2004

Last Pledge Case Post?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 14, 2004 11:28 AM

The Supremes ruled that Michael Newdow doesn't have standing to sue for removal of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance:

The court held today that the plaintiff, Michael Newdow, did not have standing to bring a suit challenging the pledge as presently worded. Eight justices agreed that Dr. Newdow, a nonpracticing lawyer who is also a physician, cannot qualify as a legal representative of his 10-year-old daughter, on whose behalf he filed suit.

I think this is probably the best outcome, all things considered. If they had ruled the phrase constitutional, we would have to deal with this precedent in the future; whereas if they had correctly declared it unconstitutional, Bush would have this stick to beat atheists with (and by extension, liberal Democrats) in the hope of energizing his base.

Ok, more than just his base, since 90% of Americans think "under God" belongs in the Pledge. I try not to jump to any conclusions about what this number means, because the ones that come to mind will just set me on the path to Dr. No-style supervillainy.


Let's just kill them all and be done with it.

Posted by: Mason Porter | June 14, 2004 2:23 PM

Well, if I need a General Disarray I'll know who to turn to.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | June 14, 2004 2:31 PM
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