Supreme Court took easy road on Pledge

Posted: Monday, June 28, 2004

The Supreme Court copped out. Rather than taking the opportunity to rule, once and for all, on the constitutionality of the phrase ''under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance, the court took a pass. It instead ruled 5-3 that the plaintiff, atheist Michael Newdow, could not legally represent his daughter because he lacks full custody.

The court's decision leaves the schools free to continue to recite the pledge, including the disputed phrase ''under God.'' But for how long? It's a near certainty that sooner or later, Newdow or somebody else will try again.

The court lost an opportunity to affirm the right of all Americans to acknowledge God in public if they so choose.

The Courier, Findlay, Ohio

June 16



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