Fans of our meager efforts over at State of the Line may recall that we were occasionally a bit hard on Missouri AG Chris Koster, who attacks legal evildoers with his boyish charm and Exeterian good looks. Boy, were we ever wrong. Turns out Chris Koster never had anything but the best interests of our nation’s most precious resource at heart. That’s right: he has staked out brave new ground by defending… um, patriotism. Yeah! Fight the good fight, Koster!
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said a judge was correct in dismissing a lawsuit over the Pledge of Allegiance.
Last week, St. Francois County Circuit Judge Bernhardt Drumm Jr. dismissed a suit against another judge, Kenneth Pratte, over Pratte’s practice of beginning each day in court with the Pledge of Allegiance.
The attorney general’s office defended Pratte in the suit filed by Robert Stamm Sr. and Robert Stamm Jr. The men claimed a violation of their First Amendment rights.
Koster said the decision protects the rights of the judiciary and citizens to express patriotism.
Nothing like taking on the important foes. When you defend a judge’s right to recite the Pledge of Allegiance — tainted though it may be with a blatant violation of the church/state separation — you’re really defending the tired, the poor, the huddled masses oppressed by the powerful. Bravo, Koster.