Attila the Pun
Monday, March 29, 2004
One nation, under Ex-Wife
An American doctor is appearing in front of the US Supreme Court to argue that his 9 year old daughter should not be exposed to the expression 'under God' during her school's daily pledge of allegiance.
On the face of it, this appears to be just another battle over religion in the US, where things like this are taken Very Seriously. It isn't until you reach the final paragraph that you realise that this might not be purely a matter of principle for Dr Newdow:
"The case has pitted Dr Newdow, 50, against formidable opponents: the Bush administration, congressional legislators, his daughter's school district and his former partner, Sandra Benning, a 44-year-old born-again Christian who has legal custody of the girl."
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