Letters to the Editor

What do you think?

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the Pledge of Allegiance is an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and staet and should not be recited in public schools. The Mirror asked its readers if they agreed or disagreed. Here’s some of what they said.

If we continue allowing the minority (with the help of incompetent, liberal judges) to dictate to the majority, we will continue having our rights taken away one at a time until this great nation becomes a shadow of what is once was.

Randy Lesser

Federal Way

The recent public furor over the Pledge of Allegiance and so many

politicians' willingness to jump on a bandwagon in support of it only shows

that there will always be more support for giving lip service to certain

ideals than for taking bold and courageous actions that would make those

ideals a reality.

If so many of our nation's leaders are serious about being a nation "under

God" –– which from my perspective means loving and respecting all people

and revering all that upholds life -–– then let them spend more time dealing

with environmental degradation, lack of affordable healthcare, and growing

economic disparity in our nation and world, rather than coercing schoolchildren to recite words that they themselves tend to ignore.

I suppose neither cheap populism nor cheap piety will ever go out of style.

It saddens me, however, that there is such a poor understanding of and

respect for religious liberty, as well as misplaced priorities among our

leaders and so many other Americans today.

James Kubal-Komoto

Minister

Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church

Des Moines

The liberals have made a great mistake. They have become overconfident in their social victories. In the slow heating of anti-American values, they have become impatient, thus showing their true intent: the tearing down of the premise of liberty.

Our judges are usurping their authority. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been the testing ground of the liberal agenda’s tactics of distorting the meaning of our foundations. The Ninth Circuit is the most liberal court in our nation and has been overturned more than any other court in history.

It was a bold move to declare even a part of the “Pledge of Allegiance” unconstutional. This should alert all who have the unbiased sense God gave them as to the direction the liberals desire to direct this country –– away from freedom.

Thomas Jefferson said, “It is a very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions. It is one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” The recorded wisdom of our founding fathers is great.

The liberal elite, in their attempts to destroy the fabric of American freedom, cannot win without the aid of activist courts ruling against our foundations. We can expect more as the Democrats exert their partisan opposition to President Bush’s judicial appointments in favor of these type of liberal activist judicial nominees. We can also expect similar decisions from Clinton’s appointments that were ratified by the misguided, non-partisan actions of the Republicans.

The preservation of liberty is being fought on two fronts: the war on terrorism and the war of ideologies. One if by land and two if by court.

Roger W Hancock

Auburn

The Ninth Circuit Court wrong in declaring our Pledge of Allegiance

unconstituational by including the statement "under God."

Chuck Schukar

Federal Way

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