So anyway… with regards to “under God” being unconstitutional…

  1. I think the government going through this exercise right now is a waste of time, money, and resources. Why weren’t they doing this two years ago when it seemed like nothing was happening?
  2. That said, I agree wholeheartedly with the ruling. The “under God” didn’t exist in the original pledge, and it has no place in there now. Nor do the many other references to God in anything related to the federal government. Separation of church and state: simple enough. And the “don’t say it if you don’t believe” argument doesn’t fly, sorry.

    But don’t take this to mean I’m “anti-God,” some heathen, or anything like that. Quite the opposite, really. But I find myself getting very uncomfortable when the government tries to push what they think is the “right” religion (whatever that means). It’s not their place. Perhaps this is because I’ve always looked at religion and spirituality as a private thing… that may be why I only go to church periodically… that may be why I get more out of sitting quietly and doing some light meditation than I do from making church a weekly habit… and that may be why I get more from reading Buddhist writings, the Kebra Negast, or the Qur’an than I do from hearing someone preach at me. It makes me cringe when I hear George Bush defending the prevalent use of religion in the federal government-related issues and then turn around and discuss how swift military action must be taken to support our vision of morality in x part of the world. Like it’s a holy war or something. Oh, wait… that would be a jihad, wouldn’t it?

    Ok, let me wrap this up before I offend every regular reader I have here: the problem with government becoming intertangled with religion is that it alienates the many non-Christian people in the United States. Religion and morality are not dependent on each other: I know plenty of athiests, agnostics, humanists, etc. that are a hell of a lot more moral and ethical than some folks I’ve known that would be associated with the hardline religious right. There’s nothing wrong with believing in God, being religious—or not—but it’s not up to the government to associate our entire country with a specific religious belief the way we do a state with its state flower.