As is par for the course for the folks writing our nation’s laws in Washington, several Congressmen are pushing forward with their initial knee-jerk reaction to the Pledge ruling by proposing a stunningly idiotic new Amendment to the Constitution.
A major effort is under way to protect the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto through a proposed new Constitutional amendment. The effort was announced yesterday on Capitol Hill by Congressman Chip Pickering of Mississippi.
“How fortunate we are,” Pickering said, “to stand together as we begin a national campaign to protect and promote the Pledge to the Flag and our national motto—‘In God We Trust’—and to protect it by a Constitutional amendment.”
Pat Trueman, a spokesperson for the American Family Association in the nation’s capitol, spoke of the need for such an amendment. He said AFA knows that there are millions of Americans throughout this country who want to protect the religious heritage of this country and that “want God—Almighty God—to still reign sovereign over our land and to protect us and we want to honor Him.”
AFA’s http://www.WePledge.com web site is receiving thousands upon thousands of online registrants to the “We Pledge” campaign calling for the Constitutional amendment. It has quickly become one of the most effective ways for citizens to voice their concern to Congress on this important issue.
If the original ruling was silly and unimportant in the face of larger issues, as has been argued by some people, then surely this amendment proposal is an even more useless pursuit. Amending the Constitution is not something that should be entered into lightly and we already have a shining example of how even a very noble amendment can end up doing more harm than good in the from of Prohibition. But then bad ideas being bad has never stopped Congress from enacting them with all the gusto it can muster.