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Name: Kevin Holmes
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Under God

Can an atheist pledge his allegance to his flag, under god?

That would be hypocritical and might make the atheist feel unwelcome in his country. One might go to another nation wishing to respect the values of that place but, this is his country!

So I'm not upset when the 9th US Court of Appeals said the phrase "one nation under God" amounts to a government endorsement of religion in violation of the separation of church and state.

Bush thinks the decision is rediculous. Of course, I feel the same way about his election--but that is another story. Lets just say I'm not surprised.

Being American isn't particularly hard. But when asked what it means to be American, people tend to blurt out whatever they've been told. Questioned a little, Americans would struggle or become stubborn in their viewpoints. My newspaper has quotes from people who seem to say that Americans are theists, but without saying it. That the American Declaration of Independence says "Creator" means that to be American is to be Christian. Yet it is that document that tells us our national leaders should not be decided by God but by the consent of the governed (the previous election notwithstanding). Behold, a step towards rationality.

So it would be contradictory for a nation that respects true religious freedom to hold the country under a certain religion's God and to ask for trust in God on the nation's currency.

There is no need to censor religion. But simple changes can be made. Like reverting the pledge of allegiance to its former version without "under God". And removing "In God We Trust" from currency bills. Hopefully, no one worships money anyways.

But this is not such a big deal. I've been saying the pledge of allegiance all this time--knowing full well the hypocracy. But there really shouldn't be so much controversy over a decision that serves only to make America more American. It makes America more inclusive for people like me.

"Cool. Jul 4, 2002 has been declared wIndependence Day."

Whose turn is it for the Obi-Wan Kanobi outfit?

First, I shouldn't be a Journeyer. I haven't contributed anything to Free Software. I think I'm an example of the cert inflation you guys are talking about.

Second, tobacco should become illegal. Marijuana, by most accounts, a less harmful drug--and provided there is sound reason on the illegalization of Marijuana--then it only makes sense to illegal tobacco as well. Note however that such a move would kill anyone's political career.

In other words, its not gonna happen.

At first, the hard drive seemed to crash. I took it out, put in another--seems it doesn't work. Put the first drive back in and it works again. Remember back in the day when hard drives crashed they stayed crashed?

Anyway, is it just me or is the GNU/Linux vs Linux debate over? Some guy writing an article on lwn doesn't think so. The conlcusion to the debate is that even though GNU/Linux makes more sense in almost every way, "Linux" is way more popular. So "Linux" wins and I rebel.

In addition, Apple is evil. To the core.

sej, sorry. I've only now read the news :)

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