Posts tagged "pledge of allegiance"

Advertising Patriotism

The Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT) and the Forsyth County Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have erected a billboard along Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte, North Carolina. It shows an American flag with the text, "One Nation Indivisible."  "Under God" has been explicitly left out, says a spokesman,...

Play It Again, Sam

A federal judge in Sacramento ruled Wednesday (9/14) that the phrase “under God” makes the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional, a “coercive requirement to affirm God.” What’s more interesting than this latest chapter in the Pledge affair is the response from Christian conservative activtists, who apparently learned from the last...

27 September 2004 Daily Links

Banning gay marriage is, like, awesome! The In Defense of Marriage Coalition — many member churches of which have been accused of coercing parishioners to support Oregon’s ballot initiative, Measure 36, which would amend the state constitution to outlaw gay marriage — reaches out to young Christians with 20-somethings in ski hats, ’90s-era “alt” pop and the underlying...

24 September 2004 Daily Links

The Republican Party admits to sending mass mailings to Arkansas and West Virginia residents warning that “‘liberals’” seek to ban the Bible as part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush, reports David Kirkpatrick of The New York Times. An Islamic scholar from Virginia, Ali al-Timimi, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges...

24 August 2004 Daily Links

“‘This shrine’s a problem.’” NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post embed Karl Vickabout the “politics” complicating things in Najaf. Listen. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Sunday that licences are no longer needed for indoor talks and that the free speech venue Speakers’ Corner can now host performances and exhibitions. The Straits Times reports on only caveat to the new rules: the...

23 August 2004 Daily Links

With regard to the swift boat controversy, a quick lesson in kairos from the greatest American pagan writer, William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – Requiem for a Nun. The Supreme Court rejects Michael Newdow’s appeal to reopen his case challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more. A devout...

15 June 2004 Daily Links

A bewildering report from the Norwich Bulletin describes the eviction of the God’s House group from the Moosup Manor housing complex. 9:03 am: Yesterday’s cuddly guru: CNN’s Todd Leopold interviews New Age author Neale Donald Walsch on his latest book, Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge. 8:45 am: A round-up of pledge reactions: –”How the Supreme Court might rule if forced to decide...

The Kids Are Alright

The editors of The New Republic argue in this week’s edition that the Supreme Court should allow the words “under God” to remain in the Pledge of Allegiance, since “even schoolchildren understand that the Pledge is a patriotic rather than a religious exercise.” In its attempt to respect the role of religion in American history, TNR gives it a...