The headlines frame it in the Right’s preferred language: Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional and Judge rules Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional and Federal judge declares Pledge unconstitutional and Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional.
The right-wing blogs are in a frenzy:
This action reveals that his ultimate goal is not to “protect” freedom of religion, but to purge religion from America.
Update – California Conservative notes in the comments: “As for the quote you reference, it’s taken out of context. Our statement was made in regards to the fact that Mr. Newdow did not just sue to get rid of the pledge, but also tried to “purge” any oath or prayer from the Presidential Inauguration.”
Part-Time Pundit gives the judge’s phone number.
Patriots for Bush: Liberal Activist Judge Bans Patriotism
World Magazine Blog:
In order to be constitutional, the phrase “under God” must be able to refer to the deity of Hindus, Wiccans, Buddhists, pagans, or any other religion. Since we can’t claim, as Paul did on Mars Hill, that the “unknown god” we are referring to is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, should Christian’s fight to preserve the “Divinity” of our country’s civil religion?
Only in San Francisco will a judge spread his hate for American values imposing his own will on the rest of the country.
The government school system is hopelessly lost. Focus on making sacrifices to homeschool your children and teach them biblical values, how to be decent people and good citizens. Let the deviants wallow in the muck they created.
The deal here isn’t just the small amount of atheists in America, but the fact that they have to punish everyone for something they don’t believe in.
Just to be clear, this is about whether the government can force kids to say the pledge in schools as it is currently amended with the “under God” wording, not about whether people in general are allowed to recite it.
This is about big government forcing people to think a certain way, vs. liberty and freedom from governmentally imposed behaviour. If the so-called “conservatives” were actually conservative, and actually meant the things they say, they would applaud this decision. Instead they want to increase government power and use it to impose a particular belief system on the rest of us.