One nation under whose authority?
Commentary by Zenmar
We applaud the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling with regard
Pledge of Allegiance. God needs to be removed from the
Allegiance. It has long been established by the Constitution that
nation we dont endorse one particular religion and one particular
now comes the realpolitik. Despite what the Constitution states,
States of America has established a de facto religion.
Being expected to say God instead of Buddha
or Tathagata during the
Pledge of Allegiance is evidence of the establishment of a de facto
It needs to be ended. In the meantime, non-Christians are being
like second class citizens when it comes to their religious freedom.
imagine what would happen to an Asian Buddhist if a white American
fundamentalist heard the Asian saying, One nation under Buddha
Pledge of Allegiance. It is almost certain that he or she will be
Christians or worse still, receive serious death threats. In fact,
Michael Newdow, who filed the lawsuit with the U.S. 9th Circuit
Appeals, has already received a number of death threats which I
certain did not come from Buddhists.
America has always been religiously intolerant if youre not
To be a Buddhists, declaring your faith is still frowned upon. Fifty
ago calling yourself a Buddhist would be the equivalent of declaring
are a homosexual. In fact, there is still plenty of so-called closet
Buddhists in America.
With the ruling by the Circuit Court, as a reaction, expect to
see a good
example of Christian triumphalism. Expect to see your corrupt, bloated
Congressmen declaring his faith in God, shamelessly trying to garner
potential votes from his fanatical Christian supporters. Also, expect
your favorite columnist or talk show radio personality wax self
declaring his belief in God, the same God who in the Bible ordered
execution of men, women, and Children, and said he was jealous.
attention to how these self righteous wind bags gang up on non-Christians,
telling us if we dont like God, to leave this country.
So what can Buddhists and non-Christians do to show their displeasure
being treated unfairly; being forced to become members of a de facto
religion that believes in almighty God? Probably not very much.
youre in the minority. With regard to religious freedom, you
have no rights
in America unless, of course, you espouse the Judeo-Christian brand
Although I dont recommend this, Buddhists could take a lesson
or two from
the children of Abraham and apply their tactics. Let them see how
to be pushed around and bullied by religious bigots. For starters,
about filing a lawsuit in a Federal Court to ban Christmas as a
holiday. Try to get In Buddha we trust printed on American
Think about smashing Judeo-Christian objects calling yourself an
If youre a high school or university student, make non-Buddhists
your religion. Start up a campus crusade for Buddha. Proudly display
swastika, the symbol of the Teaching (Dharma). Teach your heathen
about Buddhas compassion and let them know that he is superior
to any and
all gods. Give your heathen friends a copy of the Five Precepts
so they can
begin to learn how to act civilized. Lastly, make them sit in silent
meditation during special events. Tell them they can pray if they