We ran errands all day today, literally. We had a lot of things that needed to be done, so we made sure to get it all done today so we could concentrate on the garage this weekend. Tonight, I have just one thing to write about.
In a complete reversal from a ruling eight years ago, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheald that references to God on U.S. currency and in the Pledge of Allegiance serve to unite our vast nation through proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded.
An appellate court has upheld references to God on U.S. currency and in the Pledge of Allegiance, rejecting arguments they violate the constitutional separation of church and state.
“The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 2-1 ruling Thursday.
Greg Katsas, who argued the currency case on behalf of the U.S. government when the appellate court heard the case in December 2007, said the panel made the right decision Thursday.
“I think these two phrases encapsulate the philosophy on which the nation was founded,” said Katsas, who now works in private practice. “There is a religious aspect to saying “One nation under God,” but it isn’t like a prayer. When someone says the pledge, they’re not praying to God, they’re pledging allegiance to the country, the flag and the ideals of the country.”
I couldn’t agree more.