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SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency, rejecting arguments on Thursday that the phrases violate the separation of church and state.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two legal challenges by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow, who claimed the references to God disrespect his religious beliefs.
“The Pledge is constitutional,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 2-1 ruling. “The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded.”
The same court ruled in Newdow’s favor in 2002 after he sued his daughter’s school district for forcing students to recite the pledge. That lawsuit reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004, but the high court ruled that Newdow lacked the legal standing to file the suit because he didn’t have custody of his daughter.
So Newdow, who is a doctor and lawyer, filed the challenge on behalf of other parents who objected to their children being required to recite the pledge. In 2005, a federal judge in Sacramento decided in Newdow’s favor, ruling that the pledge was unconstitutional.
“I want to be treated equally,” Newdow said when he argued the case before the 9th Circuit in December 2007. He added that supporters of the phrase “want to have their religious views espoused by the government.”
In a separate 3-0 ruling Thursday, the appeals court upheld the inscription of the national motto “In God We Trust” on coins and currency.
Christians are so busy building empires and having praise parties that they forget to minister to such a man. They are so afraid of being outcasted by the world that not only do they not minister, but they won’t even standup and call the demons out.
This man was not dealing reconciling his homosexuality with his Christians beliefs; he was in a battle for his life between the flesh and the spirit. He allowed the demonic influenes of the flesh to overshadow the things of the spirit, because of lack of nourishment through the Word of God.
The singer, 62, said he was deeply traumatised by the suicide of the man, with whom he had been involved in a relationship before he “married” David Furnish, a film-maker 15 years his junior, in 2005.
“Years back I had a relationship, and I had absolutely no idea in the world he was going to do this… he threw himself under a truck,” Sir Elton said. “There was so much grief.”
Mr Furnish told The Sunday Telegraph that the lover, whom he declined to name, had taken his life because he was traumatised by the clash between his Christianity and his sexual inclinations.
“He was so tortured by the conflicting views between his sexuality and his strong religious beliefs that he chose to take his own life,” said Furnish, whom Sir Elton “married” in a ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on the first day that civil partnerships could be performed in England. “It is very sad indeed.”
Mr Furnish, a former advertising executive, added that “out of respect” for the dead man’s family he would not name him.
Sir Elton, who has a fortune estimated at £175 million, said his grief had inspired him to provide financial support for a stage play that opened in New York last week.
The couple are producers of the play, Next Fall, which documents the relationship between two homosexual men: one a young Christian from the southern states of America; the other, a non-believer. One of the men suffers an accident.
“It’s the right timing for this,” said Mr Furnish. “The religious divide between Right and Left has gotten wider, and so the rights of gay people never got back to where it was heading.”
Sir Elton added: “Look, we all need love. We all have the same fears and insecurities. We should all be allowed to be free.”
The disclosure by the flamboyant musician is likely to provoke much speculation about the identity of his late lover.
Sir Elton was known for his sexual promiscuity during the 1970s and 1980s when he struggled with addiction to alcohol and illegal drugs, and suffered from bulimia.
On Valentine’s Day 1984, the musician, who has claimed that everyone is bisexual to a degree, caused widespread surprise by marrying Renate Blauel, German recording engineer, When they divorced four years later.
Sir Elton said he was “comfortable” being homosexual.
Mr Furnish said of Sir Elton, whose first sexual experience had been with a woman, the secretary Linda Woodrow: “For many, many years, he had a lot of demons stored away; a lot of skeletons in his closet. And he’s learnt that a happy and burden-free life comes out of being honest.”
Among Sir Elton’s ex-lovers was John Reid, his former manager, with whom he was involved in an unsuccessful £8 million High Court battle in 2000.
During the case, in which the singer claimed that Reid mishandled his business affairs, he admitted spending £30 million in less than two years, including almost £15,000 a month on flowers.
Dear Leader continued to attack the Boston police even though he admitted he did not know the facts to the case in question.
Leaders have the ability and power to make decisions. However, it’s true leaders who have the ability to admit when their wrong and not dance around the issue! ~Kenny
This was sent to me by a friend and I ditto his thoughts! Have our need for entrainment and the worship of man blinded us from really looking at life for what it is?
I can only assume that this was written by a soldier. Regardless, it is a true, thoughtful statement. God be the Judge.
THIS WAS WRITTEN BY A SOLDIER IN IRAQ .
I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael Jackson . As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villain to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn’t the point of my rant.
Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find
the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood , and even Congress sees the need to hold a “moment of silence” for his passing?
Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he’s a freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America .
Where is there moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying “good riddance,” and “Thank God for IEDs?” When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and
WOMEN, that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a “Pop Icon?”
I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan .
They need to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on, have provided for them.
But, wait, that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit
songs that the world will listen to. We only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy what they have.
Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it.
Feel free to pass this along if you want.
Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;
“So that others may live…”
Only two people have ever effectively given their lives for you.
Jesus Christ and The American G.I.
One died for your sins, the other died to give you freedom.