HR 2679 is not the only attempt by the religious right to rig the rules of the game because they keep losing. HR 2389, the “Pledge Protection Act of 2005″, is another bill to do the same thing in a different way, by limiting the jurisdiction of Federal courts to hear any case involving the pledge of allegiance:
no court created by Act of Congress shall have any jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, the Pledge of Allegiance, as defined in section 4 of title 4, or its recitation.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 15-15 on the bill, effectively defeating it for this session. One Republican, Bob Inglis of South Carolina, crossed party lines to vote against the bill and prevent it from coming to a vote in the full House. It’s a narrow but important victory.