September 16, 2005
The San Francisco appeals court judge that declared the pledge of allegiance in public schools to be unconstitutional is a Jimmy Carter appointee, which tells you something.
The atheist who brought the case on behalf of his daughter, managed to get some other parents involved when an earlier court declared he had no standing.
Michael Nudow’s daughter wants to say the pledge and the child’s mother wants her to say it, but Nudow thinks atheism ought to be the standard by which we judge all things.
If one atheist is offended by any mention of God in public, then all Americans must be restricted from mentioning him. This is why Supreme Court justices matter.
It is why a conservative court is expected to roll back some of the anti-religious bias of the past 40 years.
But there is a larger question.
Are we a nation under God?
If so, where is the evidence?
And should Christians, especially, be pledging allegiance to a country more than a kingdom not of this world?
These are questions worth thinking about even while we hope the courts will eventually come to their senses.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.