The Pledge of Allegiance debate resolved

Sunday, June 23rd, 2002 - 3:18 pm PDT

The uproar caused this week by a federal court’s ruling that the words “under God” make the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional was finally laid to rest today with Rev. Smith’s elegant solution to the problem. Congress is widely expected to quickly pass a resolution in support of Smith’s proposal that the words “or not” be inserted into the pledge just after “under God” in order to please both sides of the debate. Smith’s further proposal that “or not” also be added after the word “indivisible” was resolutely rejected as too goddamn wishy-washy.