Go read Reason: One Nation, Many Gods: Vouchers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the separation of church and state as it’s an excellent opinion piece by Cathy Young that pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying all along on both of these issues.
In late June two controversial legal rulings, one far more notorious than the other, considered the separation of church and state. On June 26 a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in a public school with the words “one nation, under God” amounts to state establishment of religion and thus is unconstitutional. The next day, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that it does not violate the Constitution to let parents use publicly funded vouchers at parochial schools.
Most people who supported the Supreme Court’s ruling on vouchers denounced the 9th Circuit ruling on the Pledge, and vice versa. But maybe both courts were right.