Wow, this just shows how out of touch I am. When the Pledge of Allegiance was ruled unconstitutional yesterday, I was surprised--not because I disagree with the ruling, but because I thought it already was ruled unconstitutional. I guess I just assumed it was, since it's clear to me that it should be.
Thus, even though it's foolish, I'm even more surprised by the
widespread outrage at the ruling today. I realize that the majority of Americans, including those in government, believe in God and thus have no direct objection to God references. But in my youthful ignorance I thought that lawmakers understood why the government isn't supposed to endorse specific religious beliefs, even those beliefs that the lawmakers happen to hold. Especially those.
An analyst points out (correctly) that the word "God" already permeates government, but goes on to say
If any of those nine justices, having heard "God save this honorable court" every single day, if something was wrong with it, someone might have said something.
Ah, the old "it's how things currently are, how can it be wrong?" argument. Very nice.
It gets even better. This morning on the news, Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) exclaimed on the Senate Floor
I, for one, will not stand to see this country ruled by a bunch of atheists. If they're not happy with it, they can leave!
(Quoted from memory--if I can find the exact quote, I'll update it. See Comments.)
If that doesn't show a frightening lack of objectivity, I don't know what does.