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Tuesday, 22 June 2004

In the face of increasing pressure from the ACLU, and the father of a little girl in California who is offended that his small daughter has to memorize the Declaration of Independence, Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education, promised to have all references to God in the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence deleted from published material. There is currently debate about whether to remove the word from other critical documents, especially Bradford's 'History of Plymoth Plantation', as this has also been required reading at some schools.

Rod Paige assured reporters this morning that there would be a little messing with the original parchments. "Historical artefacts will be left basically untouched," he explained. "By the time children are old enough to use them, they will have had enough education to know that those actual words have no bearing on life now. But the words will be edited out of all texts published after 1800 "

There was some outcry among ultra-right wing conservatives, but Paige said he had no choice. Some analysts believe his decision was part of a secret bargain, wherein the ACLU promised, in return, to allow Spring Holidays to continue to coincide with Easter for the time being.

The announcement comes after the well-publicized case concerning a posting of the Ten Commandments, when the court of the judiciary voted unanimously to dismiss Alabama chief justice Roy Moore. "Our vote was meant as a warning," presiding Judge W. Thompson told reporters, "No one, anywhere, should feel secure while violating our most fundamental principle-- that of the separation of Church and State. I am glad that officials now finally beginning to realize how serious we are."

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