Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Once again, a federal court has determined that making kids in public schools pledge an allegiance to a country “under God” is coercive.

That’s because we have separation of church and state. There are lots of religions, lots of approaches to life, and many takes on God, not to mention the absence thereof.

The court says you’re free to do it at home or in your church, but that a kid who is being raised differently (for example, the scribe’s) shouldn’t have to pledge allegiance to things he/she doesn’t believe in when they walk into a school paid for by the government.

As if (g)ov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (r) didn’t have enough to worry about with a $70 million special election that reforms nothing and a legislature that spends its days trying to embarrass him, the governator took time out from running the world’s 8th largest economy to circulate the following press release:

“As an immigrant to America, one of the proudest days of my life was when I became a citizen of the United States. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance always reminds me of the history of our nation’s founding, the principles of our great democracy and the many sacrifices Americans have made to protect our country and preserve our system of representative government.”

How the ruling affects any of these things remains a mystery, but back to Arnold...

“I believe our school children should have the ability to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in their classrooms and I urge the groups who are involved in this case to appeal today’s ruling.”

Some 200 massacred in Iraq, half a million homeless from the death of New Orleans, $3-a-gallon gas and this is what the (r)epublicans are worried about?

The thing is, when you have an idiot at the top, you have one at every level.

Our idiot at the top? The guy who asked “folks not to play politics” over Katrina, but whom won’t accept 34 tons of aid and the assistance of 1,586 doctors from Cuba.

People down south still need help and Bush still finds reasons to keep them from getting it.

He’s the one who just doesn’t seem to “get it.”

Take the help. People are suffering and they don’t care where it comes from.


anibal sincero said...

Thank you again for your words.
Hopefully, one day, to become a proud US citizen we may not need to stick flags in SUV's, send troops to recently discovered lands (we could have asked king George to point on a map where was Iraq a few years back) or repeat robotically an allegiance that brings together earth's powers and divine support. Scary prospect indeed.

highwayscribery said...

Thank you Anibal. The first person to ever post on highwayscribery. Glad to see you're still with us, both a reader and thinker.

highwayscribery said...

De nuevo, Anibal, veo que provienes de Espana. Que sepas que the highway scribe es de cepa Asturiana y corazon Andaluza; que alli vivi durante cuatro anos.