SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Monday, June 14, 2004

GOD ISN'T UNCONSTITUTIONAL...AT LEAST, FOR NOW. Today's big to-do is the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance. Bottom line: children can still voluntarily be led in a Pledge to the flag of a nation that exists under God. (To be precise, children are not being asked to pledge their allegiance to God, but to a flag that represents a nation that exists under God.)

Mr. Newdow is probably frustrated at this point in time, and while I have no intention of belittling the man, neither will I lose any sleep over his loss.

I am sure that I will have more to say on this tomorrow, once I've had to read over the majority's opinion more closely, as well as scan all the concurrences. An initial thought is that this case may prove very positive, for a few reasons: 1) The words of the Pledge all get to stay; 2) the majority's opinion re-emphasizes the importance of the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children and be free of governmental and other outside interference; 3) future litigants trying to destroy the Pledge might find the concurring opinions--as the only opinions by Justices on the Court addressing the issue--harmful to their cause.

(Phoenix, AZ)