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The Ninth Circuit was right about ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by John Reed on

The first case always cited by enemies of the Ninth Circuit Appear court to prove it’s too liberal is their saying the words “under God” should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Notwithstanding that the Supreme Court overruled them, the Ninth Circuit’s decision was correct.
Do you know who put those words INTO the Pledge? The Knights of Columbus, the men’s auxiliary to your local Catholic church.
It’s obviously unconstitutional and always has been. The Supreme Court treated the First Amendment words “establish a religion” as if they said CHOOSE a religion. At West Point we had to choose between Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish. We could not not go to church or choose Buddhist or Muslim, etc. That was declared unconstitutional after I graduated.
The phrase “under God” implies that you can pick WHICH religion but you canNOT choose NO religion. Nonsense.
I think the whole pledge is unconstitutional. It is 19th century jingoism. It is reminiscent of the personal loyalty oaths Hitler demanded. Initially, in the U.S., students were required to do the Hitler salute when they recited the pledge. There is video of that. Then, when he assumed power in Germany, they changed the position of the right hand to over your heart.
The only oath Americans should take is the “protect and defend the Constitution of the US” one. And then only when becoming naturalized or taking a government job, not daily. That is Joe McCarthyesque.

We should not pledge allegiance to anything but the constitution, not a flag or even the nation for which it stands. a flag is one of the graven images in the Ten Commandments.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.

— Exodus 20:4-6 (KJV) Take that Knights of Columbus.
Nation is the root word of nationalism. National is the first word in the name of the Nazi party.
I am not saying the Ninth Circuit is other than anti-constitutional and political and liberal, just that the Supreme Court is the one who got this particular decision wrong, not the Ninth Circuit.

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