Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Media and Newdow's Pledge lawsuit

The new book "Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance: The Media and Michael Newdow's Constitutional Challenge" by Dr. Ronald Bishop, Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel Unversity, examines how the media marginalized Newdow and his complaint after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance ritual in public schools was an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion 'by framing the decision as an aberration, a radical act by a hopelessly liberal federal circuit court. Bishop concludes that journalists relegated Newdow to a rhetorical "protest zone" - he was heard but from a safe distance.'

On a personal note, it was watching the mostly closed minded coverage of the MICHAEL NEWDOW, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ELK GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT decision upholding government non-establishment that motivated me to start this blog as a "Commentary on legal status of, public attitudes towards, and misinformation about atheism, atheists, and secularism in the United States."

1 comment:

  1. What was trying annoying is how SCOTUS cowardly dodged the issue on a technically rather than demonstrating some moral courage and ruling on the issue.