There has certainly been plenty of reaction to the recent decision by the United States Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit, in the case Newdow v. US Congress, whereby the Pledge of Allegiance, containing the words “under God” is unconstitutional. In fact, Alfred T. Goodwin, the wonderful jurist who wrote the opinion, stayed the three-judge panel’s decision, just two days afterward, pending a review by the full 11-member Court of Appeals. No doubt, he was surprised by the volume of outrage his ruling generated, and is looking for a way out, quicker than the all but assured reversal by the US Supreme Court.
The mind-numbingly boring and loopy opinion is followed by a concurrence/dissension written by Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez. However, this sounds more conciliatory than it is, since the concurrence portion concerns the issues of Jurisdiction, the status of the State of California as a defendant, and the standing of the plaintiff. The dissension is on the Establishment Clause issue, which, of course, is the meat and potatoes of the case.
Aside from a few legal “scholars,” such as crypto-commie USC law professor Erwin Chemerinsky, it is virtually impossible to find anyone in favor of the decision. Even most atheists, except the so-called evangelical atheists, are against it, since they know it will be a lightning rod against them, and trivialize their cause.
So, you might ask, who is behind this case?
The plaintiff is 49-year-old Michael Newdow, trained as both a physician and attorney, who has put his career (not specified in any media outlet) on hold, to pursue the glorious cause of atheism. At least he believes in something!
Newdow says he is defending the rights of his 8-year-old daughter, but he would do far better to protect her from idiots like himself, who see nothing wrong with whoring their own offspring in pursuit of national media attention, not to mention the permanent effects on a little girl’s psyche. May God help and deliver this poor child from her parents who never married, and don’t even live together at this point. Then again, since God is the source of all morality, what’s morality to an atheist, or a former pair of them, for that matter?
Acting as his own attorney, Newdow has minimized his expenses, but it is still hard to believe that he isn’t getting help from somewhere. While it is not the ACLU’s style to operate in stealth, the overwhelmingly negative nature of this case would have caused just about any champion to go underground. Moreover, the very location of the proceedings is suspicious. This case could have been brought anywhere in the country, but it is only in the notoriously left-wing Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where the plaintiff would have had any chance at all of winning.
We see the tell-tale earmarks of some group forum shopping, and then searching for a local fire-breathing plaintiff.
It is a well established technique of the Left to promote its destructive agenda on the backs of worthy “rights” causes. First it was the rights of the worker, then it was civil rights of the minorities, then minorities got expanded into new horizons with gender, sexual preference, and disabilities. Today’s victim group is atheists.
Yet, from all this bad news comes the good news. By some cosmic arrangement between God and Satan, the other side must always show its hand. It is forced, through some pre-ordained compulsive exhibitionism, to reveal its worst trait, for no apparent reason.
Whether it is Al Gore lying just for the sheer joy of it, thuggish Clinton staffers trashing the White House on their last day, Martha Stewart greedily acting on an illegal stock tip even though what she saved would be dwarfed by what she lost in reputation, Roger Mahony relentlessly pursuing self-aggrandizement and then voicing repentance in a manner that was laughingly disingenuous, or just a sinfully misguided father exploiting his precious daughter as he himself is exploited, we need only watch, remember, learn, and act.