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One Nation, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All

by: Yellow Dog

Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 07:31:11 AM CDT    

55 years ago today, a bunch of pissing-their-pants authoritarian submissives in Congress added the phrase "under god" to the pledge of allegiance.

Leaving aside for the moment the gross inappropriateness of pledging allegiance to the flag, as opposed to, say, the Constitution, let's remember the circumstances under which Congress added an unconstitutional religious reference to a secular pledge.

1954 was the depths of the Cold War.  New Deal liberals were being hounded out of jobs for the crime of having, in the 1930s, supported a nation that that became our most valuable ally in World War II. By 1954, those liberals had learned enough about the horrors of the USSR under Stalin to have recoiled and recanted, but that was not enough for the witch hunters.

There were multiple ground on which to condemn the Soviet Union and China (which had embraced communism in 1949), stark differences with the U.S. by which to promote American values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Instead of highlighting Stalin's and Mao's dicatorial power in a totalitarian state, the purges of political opponents, the ethnic cleansing, the command economy that left millions to starve, Congress chose to focus on ... atheism.

America was better than communist nations not because of our dedication to the rule of law, not because of our Constitution that guaranteed civil rights (albeit not yet fully realized), not because of a balanced economy that encouraged small business while regulating capitalism's excesses, not because of our mixed but undeniable success in fulfilling the promise and embodying the values of the Founders.

No, Congress and President Eisenhower effectively declared that the most critical American value to hold up against communism was a value specifically kept out of the Constitution by its authors:  superstitious worship.

For the full argument, see David Greenburg's 2002 piece in Slate, Why We're Not One Nation "Under God."

Cross-posted at Blue in the Bluegrass.

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The phrase was,"Godless Communists" (0.00 / 0)
And the Religious-industrial complex had a plan to make a buck.  So, both our national motto and the pledge were transformed into statements of religious fidelity - ostensibly to fight the Soviet Union.

Needless to say, that little hyperbole gave rise to Michael A. Newdow, M.D., J.D.'s challenge to the Constitutionality of forcing his children to swear fealty to a deity.  Newdow, a divorcee and atheist, was opposed to his children's exposure to this forced act of comity in school and opposed it (against the wishes of his ex-wife, Sandra Banning, who was a religious person).  The good Doctor took the matter to Court and promptly made his way to the (hostile) Supreme Court in 2004.  

By all reports Newdow did an excellent job arguing against the inclusion of the deity (but the SCT hasn't released the transcript or tapes of his argument) and the SCT punted 8-0 against Newdow on PROCEDURAL GROUNDS, never reaching the legal argument.

What procedural error?  Newdow, as a divorcee, "lacked standing" to bring the issue before the court.

"In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying."

- Bertrand Russell -

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943) (4.00 / 2)
Those who ignore history are, well....stupid

...If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us....

543,895 votes

I had forgotten that one (0.00 / 0)
Thank you.

[ Parent ]
This was the watershed case that lead to Lemon v. Kurtzman (0.00 / 0)
And the tripartite test for government's 1st Amendment duties regarding the establishment clause:

1. The government's action must have a secular legislative purpose; and,

2. The government's action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion; and,

3. The government's action must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religion.

Kinda seems to me that the Bushies and now Obama have "faith-based" executive agencies that clearly violate parts 2 and 3 of the test.

The cite is: Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971)

"In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying."

- Bertrand Russell -

[ Parent ]
wingnuttia (0.00 / 0)
Pushback against teh stupid is vociferous. It's wild when you have a society dedicated to allowing teachers to teach science without fear of lawsuits and job loss!
Blue Girl always decried the lack of support from supposed saner Christianity.
Millard Fillmore's Bathtub has been on 'creationism' for years : a real p.o.'d educator.
I recall reading once that the 'debate' started a good century before Darwin. That ought to give us a 'heads up' on the timeline for 'framing argument' : one ought to check with Aristotle.


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