"Meaning of" removing "under God"

Scarberry, Mark Mark.Scarberry at pepperdine.edu
Tue Mar 30 09:16:29 PST 2004

A quiz. What did Thomas Jefferson, Sam and John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin
all agree on, in writing, that is relevant to this thread?

Mark S. Scarberry
Pepperdine University School of Law

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Graber [mailto:mgraber at gvpt.umd.edu] 
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 4:23 PM
To: Conlawprof at lists.ucla.edu
Subject: RE: "Meaning of" removing "under God"

"Under God" seems a funny placeholder for the claim that "there is
something higher than the state."  Why not "consistent with the
categorical imperative."  Suppose I make the argument that lots of
religious people recognize the categorical imperative, so that phrase
should not be understood as excluding any particular theory of morality.
 Or is the claim that only religious reasons (and maybe a particular
kind of religious reason--do my Jewish beliefs count if I find them
human constructions) count as higher reasons.

Mark A. Graber

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