The Supreme Court at least temporarily preserved the phrase "one nation, under God," in the Pledge of Allegiance Monday, ruling that a California atheist could not challenge the patriotic oath. The procedural ruling did not directly address whether the pledge recited by generations of American schoolchildren is an unconstitutional blending of church and state. The court said the atheist could not sue to ban the pledge from his daughter's school and others because he did not have legal authority to speak for her. The father, Michael Newdow, is in a protracted custody fight with the girl's mother. He does not have sufficient custody of the child to qualify as her legal representative, eight members of the court said. Justice Antonin Scalia did not participate in the case.I know it's appropriate for the Court to make rulings like this, but I'm still disappointed. Things were about to get interesting.
Monday, June 14, 2004
If the NBA decided today to cancel the remaining one game of the NBA Finals without declaring a winner, I'd be annoyed. CNN Breaking News: