God Wins in TKO


If I were a fundamentalist Christian, I’d be cruelly disappointed to see the Lord win such a crucial fight with just a TKO.

I mean, we’re talking about the Pledge of Allegiance of God’s Country here, and he couldn’t win it with a knockout?

Some atheist California (no surprise there) had the audacity to challenge the words “under God” in that pledge. He had been backed up by the district court that has jurisdiction in what we all know is the Sodom of America, but was overturned by the appellate court, so he went to the Supreme Court. But when it got to the nation’s top court, the justices there didn’t have the guts to rule. Instead handed a win to God on a technicality, saying that the plaintiff didn’t have legal standing to bring the case in the first place because he only has custody over his daughter a third of the time (10 days of the month). By making that technical argument, they upheld the appellate court’s ruling, keeping “under God” in the pledge at least for now.

But what a cop out!

What’s this country coming to if we can’t count on our top judges to stand up for God and country like good Christian soldiers and insist that every child in the nation pledge allegiance every day to our “one nation, under God”?

With this wimp out, we can be sure some other atheist parent will be back in court–this time somebody who has full-time custody of his or her child–and will try to make the same case, that children shouldn1t have to say “under God” when they recite the pledge in the morning at school. It’ll probably be some family in San Francisco again, too, so they can go to the same Godless courts of the ninth circuit as before.

And then we’ll be back again in the Supreme Court, where the justices will have to finally take a stand for God or against Him.

God willing, His messenger in the White House will have won re-election to a second term by then, and will have had a chance to replace one or two of the Godless infidels still on the bench, so the Lord will have a solid majority next time around.

And hopefully that voluble but God-fearing jurist Antonin Scalia will have the good sense to finally shut up instead of just shooting off his mouth in public and then wiping the memories of any journalists in the room with tape recorders, so he won’t have to recuse himself on this important case again as he did this time.

For now, our children are safe from the humanists, communists and atheists in our midst, but for how long?

God knows.

Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of Counterpunch columns titled “This Can’t be Happening!” to be published this fall by Common Courage Press.

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Dave Lindorff is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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