September 3, 2007

Proof That Our Work is Far From Finished

With recent bouts of good news regarding various defeats and high-profile hypocrisies of Christian extremists, it would be easy to fall into complacency. To buffer against such a temptation, one merely has to examine a recent federal court ruling upholding the "under god" lunacy in the Texas pledge of allegiance.

I realize that it seems overwhelmingly obvious to those of us in the reality-based community that teachers should not be allowed to lead public school children in a ritual to pay homage to supernatural entities. Such an endorsement of religion is absurd and should not be permitted to continue. Sadly, conservative "activist" judges have decided that "voluntary" pledge recitation is perfectly reconcilable with the Constitution.
A federal district judge ruled against David Wallace Croft and his wife, Shannon, who sought a preliminary injunction because the Texas Legislature recently added the words "one state under God" to the state Pledge. Solicitor General Ted Cruz argued on the state's behalf.
Texas Attorney General Abbot said,
The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held patriotic acknowledgments of the Almighty such as these are completely consistent with the U.S. Constitution. Texans can rest assured that we will continue vigorously defending their children's ability to recite the state Pledge of Allegiance each morning.
I think I will just re-read that quote whenever I need inspiration for this blog.

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