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Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:50 pm

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court at least temporarily preserved the phrase "one nation, under God," in the Pledge of Allegiance, ruling Monday that a California athiest could not challenge the patriotic oath while sidestepping the broader question of separation of church and state.

The decision leaves untouched the practice in which millions of schoolchildren around the country begin the day by reciting the pledge. The court said the atheist could not sue to ban the pledge from his daughter's school and others because he did not have legal authority to speak for her.

The father, Michael Newdow, is in a protracted custody fight with the girl's mother. He does not have sufficient custody of the child to qualify as her legal representative, eight members of the court said. Justice Antonin Scalia did not participate in the case.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=558&e=1&u=/ap/20040614/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_pledge_of_allegiance
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:56 pm

Good news. Not let's de-politisize this "story" and just leave the pledge as it is. It violates no one's right, or pursuit of happiness, or anything. Just let it go.
 
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:33 am

Well, from what I understand, the United States Supreme Court did not really judge on the core of this issue, rather on a secondary issue: the fact that the father does not have sufficient custody of the child to qualify as her legal representative.

If I was an American - and, mind you, having some time to waist - I'd keep pursuing this case as I don't think it's lost for good.
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:48 am

If I was an American - and, mind you, having some time to waist - I'd keep pursuing this case as I don't think it's lost for good.

On what grounds? On what grounds does it deny you "life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness", because someone puts the word "God" in something? Does "God" bother you that much. If it does, if you're an American, don't say the word if saying the Pledge, but don't tell ME I can't say it.
 
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:49 am

Qb001, what is it that "One Nation, Under God" offends you? It dosen't say "one nation, under Jesus or Mohammed."
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:28 am

what is it that "One Nation, Under God" offends you?

If, like myself, you're an atheist, that is believing that there is no such thing as a god, then I could find it offensive that the Government, through its institutions (schools), is trying to push the notion of a god down my throat.

The problem is not in the private belief of a god. The problem arises when the government wants you to believe in a god.

Hey, as I often say, if you want to live in a god driven country, why don't you go to Iran? Over there, they cut people's heads should they dare implying that there is no such thing as a god...
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:34 am

I know about girl's mother was trying to fight with the custody. It will not had any problems with her father.
 
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:39 am

I'm fairly opposed to religion but I've never understood the idea that someone is "offended" by saying the word "God" in the Pledge. Who the hell cares? I say it when I recite the pledge--I've said all kinds of stuff when my parents drag me to church. It's never meant I actually believed any of it, or that I was being persecuted because of my disbelief, or that I was being forced to acknowledge something I find contrary to my beliefs. Again, who the hell cares? Just say the damn Pledge (or not--it's perfectly within your right) and move the hell on!
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:53 am

I was right during the oral arguments - this case would be decided on the standing issue, and it was.
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:08 am

Note that 3 of the Justices in a concurring opinion did specifically address the constitutional validity of the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge.

While the concuring opinion is not law, it was clearly intended to send the message where 3 of 8 members of the court stood on this matter (Scalia recused himself from this case). I've got to assume that if a similar case makes its way back to the USSC, Scalia would vote with these 3 and make it 4 out of 9 meaning that really just one vote is the difference.

Full opinion available at http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=02-1624

For our attorney friends here, I've got a question. I understand that the father is in a custody battle with the mother. If a state court grants father some rights, is the entire suit re-established at the USSC or does he have to start over from the very beginning?
 
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 11:05 am

Anyone who is "offended" by the plege is just a wuss. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

This idiot is just wasting everyones time with this silly lawsuit. He should just shut up and go back to watching Barney and the Care Bears.
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:15 pm

I have no problem with *one nation, under god* part... However, what I DO have a problem with, is when they made it (or tried to make it) mandatory...

I don't see the point in the pledge, I don't see why people would waste their 30 seconds to say something they don't even know... it doesn't make you more or less of an American nor does it make you a patriot...

For me, it's just a short piece of writing which, in my mind, has no effect on my pride, my patriotic sense, or me being an American...

Say it if you want to, but don't expect me to say it with you.
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:53 pm

I agree with Vafi, there's nothing wrong at all about "one nation, under God" in the pledge. It doesn't force people to actually believe in God.

I have a problem with the mandatory thing as well, I didn't like it when I was in school. I don't need a little pledge to prove my respect and patriotism to this country, because it exists whether I say the pledge or not.



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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:59 pm

Well, I´ve seen videos of four year old kindergarten children recitating this pledge (Besides hearing stories from my daughter who is a high school student in Sacramento, CA). Those kids don´t even know what they are talking about. Having some adult swear to uphold the constitution is ok, even though I´m against the religious connection (currently the EU has a similar problem. Some Roman-Catholic countries, esp. Poland and Italy, want a statement included in the preamble of the new EU constitution, which defines the EU as based on Christian belief).
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:03 pm

The "under God" part is the only bit of the pledge I object to, but I solve that problem personally by keeping my mouth shut for just those two words when I have to recite it...

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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Tue Jun 15, 2004 11:54 pm

I remember an amusing incident once when our children's director at church was at a loss for a moment. She turned and asked our youth minister which flag should we pledge allegiance to first, the Christian flag (which has its own pledge) or the Stars and Stripes? He said Old Glory. Until that day (which was a few years ago, not when I was a kid), I didn't know there was a Christian pledge, but there is.
 
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:29 am

What is a Christian flag ? (I didn't know there was one...)
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Thu Jun 17, 2004 6:49 am

In judical terms this is what is known as a punt.

Even the moron father, says that he will be back, to threaten the liberty of the citizens of the US again.
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:29 am

Even the moron father, says that he will be back, to threaten the liberty of the citizens of the US again.



How?
 
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RE: Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case

Fri Jun 18, 2004 4:24 am

He is a lawyer, so he claims others with similar views as his are pounding at his door to take their cases.
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