* In a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Lynch v. Donnelly), the justices determined that the Constitution does not require a complete separation of church and state. Instead, it mandates accommodation of differing religious views.
Accommodation is accomplished by allowing students who object to the pledge to refrain from repeating it. It does not mean, however, that this simple patriotic statement must be stricken from the public domain.
America is a wonderfully pluralistic society that values individual freedom and liberty above all.
What people do with those rights is up to them, but there is no denying their source.
The same founders who included in the First Amendment the prohibition of a state-sponsored religion also signed on to a declaration of self-evident truths. These are not subject to the faint breezes of political correctness or the arbitrary carping of those most easily offended.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.