Letter Published

My letter was published today. So far, no hate calls. Good thing I’m going away for the weekend.

Supreme Court gives religious equality a temporary setback

I am disappointed, but not surprised by the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Michael Newdow’s challenge to the 1954 Pledge of Allegiance. By dismissing the case on a technicality instead of making a tough and unpopular decision, the justices dodged the issue. Their decision only means the struggle for religious equality will continue.

I am sure pledge supporters will be crowing “Victory!” in the public square, but supporters must realize it is not a victory, merely a delay. The pledge is still constitutionally unsound, and because the Supreme Court did not rule on the case’s merits, another party can still challenge the pledge. I hope another concerned parent or guardian is out there willing to step up and take the baton from Newdow. If they do, then the case against the pledge can stand on its own merits.

Ultimately, Newdow helped raise awareness about this religiously divisive issue and laid the groundwork for further progress. For that, I thank him. Maybe one day the pledge will return to its pre-McCarthy state, neutral to the existence of gods and truly inclusive of all Americans as “one nation, indivisible.”

The funny thing is that I’ve written enough letters to the paper that they no longer check my identity. This is the third letter in a row that I’ve had published without knowing about it before hand. They used to call me and tell me that they were publishing my letters. No more.

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Posted by steve on June 18, 2004 7:41 PM

Yeah, I have tried to understand why christians support waving their god around in front of everyone. I think it’s because their belief that they’re right supercedes humanist values like respect for other people. Like one pope said in the 50’s, there shouldn’t be religious freedom because why should people be free to be wrong? It’s important to recognize that these people don’t have the western, secular values we have, and they wouldn’t mind electing a theocracy.

Posted by Philip on June 18, 2004 10:29 PM

It’d be nice if the ABH didn’t require such intrusive registration.

Posted by Reed on June 21, 2004 10:38 PM

The ABH registration sux. That is why I present the entire text of my letter in the entry.