Our View

Sep 152005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

It's what soldiers swear loyalty to and what law enforcers vow to defend.

But for a while, it looked bad for the Constitution of the United States of America.

President Bush has tried to destroy the wall between church and state and pervert free speech. Earlier this year, a poll found that 36 percent of American high school students, approximately one out of three, believe newspapers the government should approve stories before publication.

It gets worse: If you're a U.S. citizen, you probably didn't know Saturday is Constitution Day.

Fortunately, Congress ruled this year that schools receiving federal aid must give students a lesson about the Constitution this week or next.

Perfect timing.

A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that the words "under God" in the nation's Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional. These words, relics of this country's crusade against Communism, were added in 1954 to create a sense of civil religion. Communism didn't condone a religion, hence the phrase "those godless Communists."

But the USSR threat has since faded and a new one has risen: forgetfulness.

We have forgotten that we answer to the Constitution. We've left this basic and dynamic document in the uncaring hands of some unsavory politicians.

Whether the federal judge's ruling is political correctness gone crazy, as some have put it, or a proud moment for the First Amendment, it seems fitting.

The loss of the words "under God" in the Pledge could remind us that our country does not lean on one God or one man.

This country stands on the Constitution.

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