Thursday, September 23, 2004

House votes to limit Supreme Court power in Pledge case

WASHINGTON -- The House passed legislation Thursday that would prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on whether the words "under God'' should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.
The bill, which was passed 247-173, would prohibit federal courts, including the Supreme Court, from hearing cases involving the pledge and its recitation and would prevent federal courts from striking the words "under God'' from the pledge.
It seems to me that if this ever gets signed into law, the Supreme Court could just declare this particular law unconstitutional, under separation of powers.
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., the author of the amendment on legislation before the House Thursday, said the high court is likely to rule differently if it considers the substance of the case and "if we allow activist judges to start creating law and say that it is wrong to somehow allow schoolchildren to say 'under God' in the pledge."
By the way, Rep. Akin, "activist judges" "creat(ed) law" by declaring school segregation unconstitutional. Are you saying that it was better when white and black kids went to separate schools?


Blogger Rico said...

Oh, yeah, and the First Amendment. "Petition for redress of grievances" and all that.

10:08 AM  

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