I was pretty impressed by the recent discussions we've seen here, where folks managed to debate a pretty heated issue without resorting to name calling and finger pointing. At the risk of ruining that harmony, I'm interested in what people think, logically, about other "hot-button' issues. I think the war debate has pretty much been beaten into the ground, despite our discussion apparently not saving or even changing in an appreciable way, the world, so here's a new topic.
On March 10, after a Federal Appeals court refused to hear arguments against a previous ruling by the 9th Circuit Court, nine states will be forced to ban the Pledge of Allegiance, citing that the words 'under God' constitute a governmental endorsement of religion. At a time when patriotism, some genuine most not, is running high, this is an interesting counter to a fervent Americanism in the US. What do you think of the decision? Is it defensible, appropriate, or a beacon of sanity in an insane world? For those of you in other countries, what's your take on it?