Originally created 07/09/02

Decision doesn't establish religion

God has richly blessed our nation and shown us great mercy. We are also blessed by having a diversity of people and the contributions each has made.

Most people, though we may disagree on various issues, respect each other as fellow human beings. Unfortunately, there are a few arrogant souls who don't afford other people this dignity. They wish to function in the role of God over the rest of us - although, some of them don't believe in God.

In The Augusta Chronicle on June 27, we learned that Michael Newdow brought suit so that his daughter won't have to say the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, although the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled 59 years ago that school children cannot be required to say the pledge.

Judge Alfred Goodwin stated that the phrase "under God" constitutes an establishment of religion. Just what religion, in particular, does he think this establishes since the pledge is voluntary, anyway?

Sensible people know quite well supporters of this decision are not worried about the possibility of being forced to violate their consciences.

No, instead they desire to assert their imagined superiority over us poor, benighted, common people and to dictate our every action.

We - the common, ordinary people of these United States - are not nearly as ignorant and stupid as they think we are.

Melinda East, North Augusta, S.C.


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