MOVIEGUIDE® views with happiness and relief the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which tends to be very left-wing, that the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase “one nation under God” do not violate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Any sensible, well-read student of our Constitution knows that this is the case, but we wonder why it took so long for this particular court to recognize it? And, we can’t help but also wonder why one of the three judges voted against the Pledge?
The other thing that bothers MOVIEGUIDE®, however, is why the American people have to wait for a federal court to rule that the Pledge of Allegiance and such phrases as “In God we trust” on our money are constitutional. In actual fact, the U.S. Constitution does not give any federal court, even the Supreme Court, the final say in any of these matters. Also, Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution gives the United States Congress jurisdiction and regulation over the federal court system.
Finally, in matter of fact, the First Amendment of the Constitution only says that Congress cannot establish a national religion where only one church or one Christian sect rules religious belief and practice, or worship. It also gives individual citizens the right to believe, worship and preach what they wish whenever and wherever they want. The First Amendment of the Constitution says plainly: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
And, no federal court has the ultimate say in such matters at any rate! That would be judicial tyranny, not the kind of “republican government” guaranteed by Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution itself.