Always 'under God'

Perhaps It Is Significant that the release date of this Sentinel happens to coincide with the news that a United States appellate court ruled it illegal for children in nine states under the court's jurisdiction to recite the American "Pledge of Allegiance" in public schools. Significant, not so much because of the passionate arguments that will erupt, in which constitutional freedom goes head-to-head with patriotism. Not even because it is the mention of a nation "under God" that led to the court's decision.

What makes this court decision noteworthy is that it offers another chance to do what we wanted to do in this issue—examine what it is that will bring humanity forward spiritually.

The ability of individuals to find themselves living "under God" will never be overturned. Whether or not they define their spirituality in terms of God, or of truth, or love, or ethics, their individual efforts to promote the betterment of humanity will make a difference. Whether they live in Delhi, New York or Delhi, India, they can as one article this issue puts it, "claim their birthright, their spiritual inheritance, of fairness, justice, and principled interactions with others."

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July 15, 2002

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