Thursday, August 11, 2005

Virginia's Pledge law sustained

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

According to this Washington Times article, a federal court of appeals has decided that the Commonwealth of Virginia has the right to require public schools to lead a rdaily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The reasoning behind it is that "the Pledge is a patriotic exercise, not an affirmation of religion similar to a prayer."

It's nice to see that the judges were paying attention. Next, they'll remind folks that the SCOTUS already said, over 50 years ago, that the Pledge will remain voluntary for students, and none may be forced to speak it, anyway. So, the schools can broadcast the recitation over the Public Address system all they want, and the whiny bunches of expletives who can't bring themselves to support the nation (and the few among the religious faithful who can't recite it for reasons of idolatry) can sit silently while the rest of us sing the praises of our flag and what it represents.

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