Saturday, September 17

How to be Gracious

The guy who is continuing the flap about the Pledge lives right down the street from me, and his daughter goes to school down in Elk Grove, where I work. Yesterday there was a nice article in the Bee about Sandra Banning, the girl's mother (here, but needs registration--I can't remember the bugmenot info offhand).

This woman is first class, especially compared to her former are some of the highlights of the article:

Banning showed up in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to buttonhole members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and to lobby for the confirmation of John Roberts, the nominee for U.S. Supreme Court chief justice.

Her appearance came a day after Newdow won a federal court ruling in Sacramento that virtually guarantees the high court again will hear the question of whether it is unconstitutional coercion for the pledge containing the words "under God" to be recited in the classrooms of America.

Banning and others appearing at the Committee for Justice news conference advocating Roberts' confirmation are convinced he is the antidote to what they condemn as "judicial activism."


But Banning did not condemn U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton for siding with Newdow on Wednesday, though others have.

"We knew this was coming and were not surprised," Banning said, adding that Karlton felt compelled to follow the lead of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that earlier had ruled the pledge was unconstitutional.


Meanwhile, the couple's daughter remains primarily in Banning's custody, but she still spends occasional weekends or holidays with Newdow.

"Mike and I have gone to great lengths to keep that a separate issue," Banning said when asked how their daughter is handling the situation.

"I have reassured her many, many times ... that he has a right as a citizen of this great nation to file these cases," she said.

"But equally so, Mom has the right - and really the necessity - to stand up (against) cases of this nature," she said.

As I said, a class act.

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