The Atheists Are At It Again, The Liberal Judges Pushing Them Along
Michael Newdow, atheists and anti-religious activist who seeks to advance his religion by prohibiting you from practicing yours anywhere except in the confines of a church or the corner of your basement has just pulled a another victory with a liberal federal judge in California, who agreed that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance constitute a state endorsement of religion.
The it's on to the 9th "Circus" Court of Appeals which previously agreed with Newdow and struck the words. I expect nothing less than another win for him.
The real battle remains the Supreme Court. Hopefully we will be dealing with a slightly more conservative court by then, having replaced Justice O'Connor with a more conservative Justice. Newdow will be dead on arrival. But this is beside the point.
Newdow isn't going to stop here. He isn't worried about the Pledge. He's worried about your religion offending his irreligion. The First Amendment prevents the State from endorsing a state religion (i.e. state church) and from prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The state cannot pass a law requiring church membership or attendance, just as it cannot pass a law prohibiting them. It cannot favor the Methodists over the Pentecostals, or confer greater rights to one group over another. But just the mention of "God" nowadays is taboo, because the rare atheist may be uncomfortable.
But the atheist is no more Constitutionally protected from subjective emotional discomfort by differing religious viewpoints than one is protected from having their political sensibilities offended by having disagreeing political viewpoints censored by the state. But interestingly, these two issues stem from the same Amendment. We are protected from being denied the right to worship (or not worship) as we choose. We are not protected from getting our feelings hurt, and the state can play no role in putting us in a happy safe little bubble that protects us from ideas we don't like.
But tell that to Michael Newdow and the judges who pass his political agenda for him.