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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Monday, July 01, 2002
3:05 PM

A rare original thought on the Pledge of Allegiance ruling, which I lift in its entirety from a Rich Lowry post at NRO's the Corner:

E-mail: “I'm amazed that after all of the comments, criticisms, ad nauseam about the Pledge Decision from the Ninth Circuit, it appears that one possible ramification has been overlooked. The Ninth Circuit found that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional because in 1954, Congress amended it to include the words "under God." Two of the three judges found this to be an endorsement of religion and a violation of the 1st Amendment. Nearly every commentary remarks that the "In God We Trust" on our currency is the next logical step. But isn't the Ninth Circuit Court located in San Francisco, California. San Francisco is Spanish for Saint Francis and naming an American City after a Catholic Saint must be a more significant establishment activity than merely adding the words "under God." California has a number of other locales with unconstitutional monikers; San Diego (St. James) and Los Angeles (the Angels) among others. A number of cities use the English names of religious figures. St Louis come to mind. Indeed even a few states have names that revere (establish?) religion, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.“

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