MORE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE….Sam Heldman blogged yesterday that he thought the Supreme Court might well uphold the removal of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. I have a feeling he may be right. Despite the unpopularity of the decision, the court does have to retain some semblance of following the law on this, and suggesting that “under God” doesn’t have religious implications is a hard case to make.

As Sam notes, the best defense is that “under God” is just pleasant mumbo-jumbo, not real religion, but the religious folks themselves might be their own worst enemies on this. By the time it gets to the Supreme Court, there’s going to be so much evidence that churches and church leaders take this very seriously indeed that it will be hard to make this argument with a straight face. If they know what’s good for them, they probably ought to shut up and pray that the court decides to give them a victory just because they don’t want the grief.

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