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Another thought on the pledge

Barry Hoffman
Monday July 01, 2002

To the Editor: 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Americans should applaud this responsible decision. The court found that the reciting of the pledge by teachers and students “amounts to a government endorsement of religion,” going so far as to compare the phrase “under God” with “under Zeus.”  


The reaction to this ruling is further proof that we need to end prejudice of all types in this country. Offending pantheists or atheists, while not seen or heard much, still have their rights. While the court continues to make good rulings, extremists, yes extremist come in all color/sizes/religions, try to deny the rights of all. 

Time to mean what we say in the Constitution. 


Barry Hoffman 

San Francisco