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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Explaining Reinhardt's misquote

The Ninth Circuit found that "Under God" and "In God We Trust" are constitutional, with Judge Reinhardt writing a 133-page dissent based in part on an interpretation of this Eagle Forum question and answer:
11. Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
I say that "it" unambiguously refers to the phrase, not the Pledge, because:

1. The question asked for an opinion about the phrase, not the Pledge.
2. If "it" referred to the Pledge, then the sentence would end with "in defense of it". By explicitly saying "Pledge", the sentence suggests that "it" means something other than the Pledge.
3. From the meaning, there is some evidence that G. Washington said "under God" and other Founders said similar things, as explained by the Ninth Circuit majority opinion, but they never said the Pledge.

The above dissent claims that the above "it" referred to the Pledge, and the judge altered the quote in order to make it look that way. It is just a dishonest partisan cheap shot.

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