On the Pledge

I hope the recent appeals court ruling banning the phrase “under god” from the Pledge of Allegiance stands. I can’t see any logic to it not standing. But what does it really matter? No one has to say the Pledge of Allegiance if they don’t want to.

As an atheist am I glad that someone with cojones has stepped up to the plate and said, “Y’know, there’s this thing we have called Church/State separation, and we don’t want to endorse any particular religious viewpoint, and while ‘god’ is a sort of generic deity word the vast majority of the American populace reads it in this particular fashion, and as a consequence the Pledge endorses a certain, particular view of the deity which excludes perhaps five out of a hundred Americans, and that’s not fair to them”? Absolutely.

I wish someone in authority would say that saying “God bless America” every time someone sneezes or breaks winds isn’t a good thing, either. Isn’t it wonderful? The past six months I’ve felt unwelcome in my own country because I happen not to believe in god. Having Bush II and his thugs equate atheism with barbarianism isn’t the best way to promote acceptance and understanding of the religiously-challenged like myself.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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