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Under G*d By: Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, June 28, 2002

WHAT IN THE DEVIL POSSESSED THOSE JUDGES on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco?  Two members of its three-judge panel on Wednesday ruled (text in pdf format) that because America’s Pledge of Allegiance contains the words “under God,” it violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment prohibition against government making any law respecting an “Establishment of Religion.”

“A profession that we are a nation ‘under God’ is identical…to a profession that we are a nation ‘under Jesus,’ a nation ‘under Vishnu,’ a nation ‘under Zeus,’ or a nation ‘under no god,’” wrote Richard Nixon appointee Judge Alfred T. Goodwin (for himself and Jimmy Carter appointee Stephen Reinhardt), “because none of these professions can be neutral with respect to religion.”

Lawmakers and pundits almost unanimously have denounced this ruling and predicted that the full 9th Circuit Court or U.S. Supreme Court will swiftly squash it.  Within hours of its announcement, the U.S. Senate had gathered to recite the Pledge for TV cameras on the Capitol steps and had voted 99-0 to denounce the ruling.

On Thursday the House of Representatives voted 416 to 3 to denounce the court ruling. Three Democrats voted against the Pledge of Allegiance – Michael Honda (D.-Calif.), Robert Scott (D.-Virginia), and Fortney Pete Stark (D.-Calif.).  Eleven other Democrats voted “Present” rather than “Yes,” they being Gary Ackerman, Jerrold Nadler, and Nydia Velazquez of New York, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Michael Capuano and Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Alcee Hastings of Florida, Jim McDermott of Washington State, James Oberstar of Minnesota, and Mel Watt of North Carolina.

Had this ruling not been stayed, overturned or nullified by Constitutional amendment, it in 45 days would have taken full force and effect in the states over which the 9th Circuit Court, the most “reversed” court in America, has jurisdiction – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

 But only 24 hours after the court’s ruling, 78-year-old Judge Alfred Goodwin ordered his own written decision stayed until the full 11-member 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to alter or affirm it.

In the interest of fairness and balance, I sought out a Devil’s Advocate to give the “other” side’s point of view of this whipsawing issue.  My telephone call to the national headquarters of the Demoncratic Party was quickly forwarded by very-hot-line far downstairs to the party’s trial lawyer spokesman B.L. Zebub.

“It had been one hell of a good ruling!” said Zebub with a cackling laugh that mingled with what over the telephone sounded like crackling flames. “Removing G*d’s last toehold in our schools and other public institutions is terrific! As we’ve been saying here, it was one small step for demons, but one giant leap for demonkind!  It’s unfortunate that, given his Republican origins, Judge Goodwin despite decades in our company had not quite sold his soul to the Dark Side of the Force. But many others have, as you shall see in the fullness of time.  The whole 9th Circuit may yet affirm the original ruling.  It’s a very ‘progressive’ court.”

But hasn’t this brief tempest mobilized even Leftist lawmakers to voice public support for the Pledge of Allegiance?  “Only for the moment,” chortled Zebub. “We know that their hearts are really with us. They are merely following Machiavelli’s advice that ‘the Prince must appear to be religious.’  

“But in Colorado last February,” Zebub continued, “the state’s Democratic lawmakers, denouncing its patriotism, killed a requirement that kids say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. Leftist activists and one Democratic lawmaker in Tennessee attacked the Pledge in June, 2001, and urged blacks not to recite it.  And of course, on the very day of this week’s ruling, Leftists in Canada marked the G-8 Summit there by burning an American flag. And Demoncrats on Madison, Wisconsin’s school board prohibited schoolchildren from reciting the Pledge and from singing America’s national anthem.  We even conjured DrPepper/SevenUp to remove the words ‘under G*d’ from their extract of the Pledge used in advertising.

“Our Leftist allies also used the Pledge to sow strife among Hispanics.  Last February in Nevada our comrades insisted that students recite it not only in English but also in Spanish. In some San Diego, California, schools the Pledge is no longer said because it elicits boos and hisses from Mexican immigrant students.  And in Salinas, California, last February more than 200 children at Bardin Elementary School honored the flag – not of the United States but of Mexico while the Mexican National Anthem was played. Our next goal is to have all students pledge allegiance only to the flag of the United Nations.”

“But isn’t it a risk that such coercive tactics could – if you’ll pardon the expression – backfire?” I asked the oily-tongued B.L. Zebub.

“It all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is,” he snorted. “But seriously, on this issue we can win either way.  Did you know that the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by socialist Francis Bellamy, the cousin of the author of Looking Backward and other socialist novels Edward Bellamy?  Part of his motivation was to strengthen the central government and give it total control over the economy.  According to John Baer, author of The Pledge of Allegiance: A Centennial History, these socialists wanted economic equality in the nation, something only government could impose.

“The Pledge is a loyalty oath in which citizens pledge to support ‘one nation, indivisible,’ that is, without states’ rights or secession. And even though its author was nominally a Christian minister, the text of Bellamy’s original pledge never mentions G*d.  G*d got added in 1954 at the insistence of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, a very depressing day for us Demoncrats that we’ve worked like the devil to reverse.

“Best of all, from our Demoncratic point of view,” Zebub continued, “is that this is a loyalty oath to a piece of cloth – a flag nowadays probably made for profit by the donors who bankroll our party from Communist China.”

“'And to the Republic for which it stands,’” I added.  “The Pledge vows allegiance to the Republic for which the flag stands. Surely you don’t like the American Republic, do you?”

“Hell, no. But didn’t you see the movie ‘The Devil’s Advocate’?” B.L. Zebub guffawed. “We can seduce you coming or going.  Look at these congressmen calling for a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw ‘flag desecration.’  Desecration means ‘to assault or disrespect something sacred.’ And so, in a country where the National Endowment of the Arts gives people your tax money for real desecration – submerging a crucifix in urine, or splattering elephant dung on the image of the Madonna – we have sidetracked people away from G*d and into the sin of idolatry. And the object of their idolatry is the flag of the United States.”

“But many Americans have died fighting under that beautiful flag,” I said. “And in a land where 96 percent of citizens believe in God, and even the Supreme Court begins each day with a mention of God, and where our currency says ‘In God We Trust,’ and where our Declaration of Independence says our rights are inalienable because they come not from government but from God, why shouldn’t we believe that the United States is God’s country?”

“Do you know how many nations over thousands of years that we—and the Big Guy upstairs—have watched rise when they put G*d first in their lives, and then fall when they began making other things more important than G*d?  They all had flags. They all called themselves ‘G*d’s country.’

“And one of our favorite ways to turn them has always been idolatry,” B.L. Zebub continued, “— using distraction to turn them away from G*d and lure them into pledging their lives and loyalty instead to a mere earthly nation or flag or ideology or race or class hatred or winning-side or envy or gold. 

“The ‘L’ we insert into G*d’s name to convert it into “gold,” by the way, comes from ‘Lucifer,’” said Zebub. “That has been the enduring idolatry of the Golden Calf – not the calf, but the Gold. Why do you think today’s Federal Government courts of law always display an American flag with a gold fringe, when gold had nothing to do with the original meaning of the American flag? 

“And regarding that flag,” chuckled Zebub, “after we make Hillary Clinton President and she has destroyed the last remnants of G*dliness, rights and liberty that America’s Founders established, the American flag will then be the symbol of her kingdom – and ours.

“And I promise you,” he continued, “that when she rules it will be illegal to burn the flag in protest….and taking a daily loyalty oath to the flag will be required of every schoolchild. Of course Hillary by then, in my honor, will have changed the Pledge to read: ‘one world, under Baal.’” 

Could anything, I asked, sidetrack your plans?  “You mean apart from ‘Divine intervention, or future Judge Goodwins getting an attack of conscience?’” asked Zebub with a shudder in his voice.  “To tell the truth – and I speak as the Father of Lies – activists Aaron Zelman and Claire Wolfe of the group Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership are encouraging all Americans to recite not only the Pledge of Allegiance but also something they wrote called ‘The Freedom Pledge,’ a vow to protect the Bill of Rights. Because our plans depend on tearing down the government-restricting Constitution and Bill of Rights, this ‘Freedom Pledge,’ if it became popular, could wake people up and cause real problems for us Demoncrats.”

I had one final question: “Your name – B.L. Zebub – is of what origin? Is it Arabic?”

“Some say Caananite, but in fact it is Babylonian,” he replied.  “The Demoncratic homeland has always been Babylon, an ancient city at the heart of what your current President calls the ‘Axis of Evil.’ We are flattered that he recognizes us. Most people are hypnotized and cannot see who we really are. And now you can see why we have blocked his judicial appointments, including two to the 9th Circuit. None of them would rule as the judges there did, at least briefly, this week. Our plans have long depended on our seizing control over America’s judgment.”

Mr. Ponte co-hosts a national radio talk show Monday through Friday 6-8 PM Eastern Time (3-5 PM Pacific Time) on the Genesis Communications Network. Internet Audio worldwide is at GCNlive .com. The show's live call-in number is 1-800-259-9231. A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader's Digest.

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