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Wednesday, July 10, 2002  

All Your Constitutions Are Belong To Us Department: In reference to yesterday's post about "unconstitutional" documents, Jeffrey Collins has noted several more over at Joyful Christian. This is fun!

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002  

OK, the Ninth Circuit Court's "Pledge" decision was stupid, as is the plaintiff in the case. But I got to wondering just how many of our foundational documents (e.g., the Declaration of Independence) would be "unconstitutional" using the same logic the justices applied to the "Pledge" decision.

The Declaration, for starters, is disqualified because of its references to God, the Creator, and the "Supreme Judge of the world."

The Emancipation Proclamation states "And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God."

That's what I thought of without trying hard. Drop me a line (alexander-beetle yahoo.com) if you can think of others.

Update: Jason Steffens points to the preamble of the Iowa state constitution as being "unconstitutional" over at News for Christians.

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