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February 28, 2003

Flag vs Constitution

Hear Hear for the independent judiciary branch, the last bunch that hasn't been bought.

Here, ladies and gents is where the rubber meets the road. This issue cuts to the core of what America is all about, and I hope to god that people see Ashcroft for the grasping zealot that he is. I don't hate to say it again; Ashcroft has a lot of nerve to even ask. While I'm flying my little Gadsden banner (and it will probably stay for quite a while), I will endeavor to start work on memorizing the Constitution and facts about it.

Appeals Court Won't Reconsider Its Pledge Ruling

'Under God' Remains Unconstitutional, According to 9th Circuit Panel  

By Justin Pritchard
Associated Press Writer
Friday, February 28, 2003; 6:41 PM  

SAN FRANCISCO - Rebuffing the Bush administration, a federal appeals court Friday refused to reconsider its ruling that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional because of the words "under God."  

The case could go next to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Attorney General John Ashcroft condemned the decision and said the Justice Department will "spare no effort to preserve the rights of all our citizens to pledge allegiance to the American flag." But he stopped short of saying the administration will appeal to the high court.  

In June, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the words "under God" amount to a government endorsement of religion and violate the separation of church and state. The ruling was attacked by President Bush, Congress and many others, and the Bush administration asked the full 9th Circuit to reconsider.  

Only nine of the 24 active judges on the 9th Circuit backed that move.  

This is where you all should start instructing your children to start understanding the principles of the Constitution and stop whinging about patriotism and war. Whether or not bombs are bursting in air, there are certain things worth fighting for, and they aren't loyalty pledges.

I'm re-energized. This becomes Constitution central. I'll start with Jon Roland's fine stuff over at, where else, Constitution.org.

Posted by mbowen at February 28, 2003 08:03 AM

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