There’s only one surprise in the news that the Pledge of Allegiance has been ruled unconstitutional for the second time: that a case came to trial so quickly. From 9news.com: “Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was declared unconstitutional Wednesday by a federal judge ruling in the second attempt by an atheist to have the pledge removed from classrooms. The man lost his previous battle before the U.S. Supreme Court.”
As long-time readers here already know, I am a strong believer that the Pledge is unconstitutional. I also believe that there’s an easy way to fix it: drop the “under God” part. As I’ve pointed out here before, the “under God” was not originally part of the Pledge. The phrase was added in the ’50s as a way to distinguish Americans from the atheistic Russians. Such concepts are antiquated in today’s world. There’s no reason for the “under God” to be kept. So just ditch it, and let the Pledge stand.