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Thursday, June 27, 2002

Entry 0029 -- Oops! A little 21st Century snuck into the backward-ass era we seem to be living in yesterday when a federal judge recognized, finally, that the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag is illegal. Getting up this morning, I expected but was still amazed at the level of ignorant, frothy-lipped fury being shot at the decision on Fox News's "The Pledge Under Fire" coverage.

Legal expert Jerry Falwell, who blamed September 11th's terrorist attacks on gays and lesbians, called the ruling "ridiculous." What's ridiculous is the knee-jerk reaction from religious nuts who see the decision -- a landmark ruling that should be remembered as one of the finest moments in American history -- as some sort of attack on their God.

What it is is an acknowledgement that children -- children should not be forced to profess belief in a God they may or may not believe in.

No doubt the religious zealots who ramrod their beliefs down the throat of this country will have their way and the ruling will be overturned -- probably within weeks. However, the better solution would be simply to remove the phrase "under God," which has no place in a pledge children are indoctrinated into reciting daily in the public school system. Not that I agree with that, either, but taking out a phrase that reeks of medieval mysticism is a nice start on the long road to bringing America into the 21st Century. Too bad it'll probably get stamped down by Falwell and idiots like him, like rabid children playing Whack-A-Mole in an arcade full of drooling mouth-breathers.



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