I come from the era when the change was made. I don’t remember the date we began to say “under God” but I do recall the feeling; it was warm and familiar. We knew that we weren’t praying to God but that He was watching over our country. No one had a problem with the change … we were proud.
Now we have a problem. Have you heard of Michael Newdow, the atheist? Wants to remove “under God” from the pledge? He almost got it done in 2002 in Sacramento, California. There was a real brouhaha in this country when the court decided in his favor. Then congress condemned the ruling.
So, he went to the U.S. Supreme Court which wouldn’t let him file because he didn’t have custody of his daughter and was bringing the case on her behalf. It’s not over yet. He filed again in 2005 for other parents who didn’t like the pledge being said in school and found a federal judge who went his way.
Now Mr. Newdow goes to the appellate court in San Francisco. Only he didn’t get lucky this time. Not only will “under God” stay, so will “In God We Trust” on our money. This was done in a separate ruling. The court cited another circuit panel which felt the phrase is patriotic and “has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion.”
“Under God” and “In God We Trust” has always been a part of my life and I intend to keep it that way. How about you?
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full