The Buzz: SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the use of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency, rejecting arguments on Thursday that the phrases violate the separation of church and state.
The Case: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two legal challenges by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow, who claimed the references to God disrespect his religious beliefs.
I must concur with this fellow. In the pledge, which I find offensive, and on our money, I have long wondered in which god we were placing our trust. There are a lot of them across this land of religious freedom.
More to the point, are we blind to the evil that occurs when religion becomes a part of government?
There's what we believe and what we know. Belief so often gets in the way of clear thinking and rational behavior, and as it has no foundation in anything real or remotely tangible, belief seems the soul of the irrational.
I think I'll stick with what I know.
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