Ed Driscoll

Here We Go Again

Currently up on Breitbart.com is this:

Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional
Sep 14 2:20 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer


Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by a federal judge who granted legal standing to two families represented by an atheist who lost his previous battle before the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge’s reference to one nation “under God” violates school children’s right to be “free from a coercive requirement to affirm God.”

Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2002 ruled in favor of Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools.

Given the San Francisco dateline, it sounds like Michael Newdow and his buddies on the Ninth Circuit Court are back in action this fall, winning hearts and minds everywhere.

(It’s highly likely, of course, to be overturned. And somewhere, Karl Rove is laughing like a giddy schoolgirl over this…)

Update: Michelle Malkin has lots ‘o’ links on this, including this one, from Ankle Biting Pundits:

The lefties in the Senate and the groups against Roberts have to be PO’ed. This news is going to overshadow their other messages against Roberts – and now they’re going to have to play defense because you know this is going to be the 1st question that they are asked about.
You know these kooks agree with the decision, but they can’t say that.

This also bodes well for President Bush picking a very conservative replacement for O’Connor. If he’s got a short list he should make his selection quick while the iron is hot and it will be much harder for the loons to say his judicial choice is “out of the mainstream”.

ABP also has some amusing details about the judge who issued the decision.

Glenn Reynolds agrees that Karl Rove has to be loving this turn of events:

KARL ROVE MUST HAVE ARRANGED THIS: Just as John Roberts is being quizzed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, another court declares the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.

You know, Elvis was spot-on: I used to be disgusted by our nihilistic masters in Sacramento and San Francisco. Now I’m just mildly amused, and smile softly each time their causality loop repeats.

Back on Christmas of last year, I quoted from Mark Steyn, on how the actions of the ACLU and the Ninth Circus actually strengthen Christianity in America:

But every time some sensitive flower pulls off a legal victory over the school board, who really wins? For the answer to that, look no further than last month’s election results. Forty years of effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to eliminate God from the public square have led to a resurgent, evangelical and politicised Christianity in America. By “politicised”, I don’t mean that anyone who feels his kid should be allowed to sing Silent Night if he wants to is perforce a Republican, but only that year in, year out it becomes harder for such folks to support a secular Democratic Party closely allied with the anti-Christmas militants. American liberals need to rethink their priorities: what’s more important? Winning a victory over the kindergarten teacher’s holiday concert, or winning back Congress and the White House?

Currently, their priority is on the former; a lesson they failed to heed from President Clinton.

Another Update: Hugh Hewitt agrees with ABP that President Bush should strike while the iron is hot.

One More: Political Teen looks at the continuing tyranny of the minority:

Athiests account for 902,000 or 0.4% of the US population. Those who believe in a God or some sort of a higher being account for over 86% of the US population. It is amazing that such a small minority can rule over a large majority.

The deal here isn