Wednesday, March 24, 2004
William Safire: Of God and the Flag: "The justices shouldn't use the issue of standing to punt, thereby letting this divisive ruckus fester.

Certainly, I agree. This is a substantive issue. But it's a tricky issue, all the same.

Personally, I am ambivalent about it. I agree that the fact that California does not require the to student to recite the Pledge makes this less offensive. However, I think it is a wrong assumption to say that the children are capable of exercising their right to remain silent (!) when others say "under God."

However, given the circumstances, I think the Justices would, at best, certainly strike out for a moderate ruling - such as what Safire has advocated.

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