Might as well tackle the Pledge dealie.
First off, I hope the 9th Circuit's Pledge ruling is overturned. Not because I think "Under God" should be either in the Pledge or on our money, but because I don't think it's unconstitutional to have it there. If you don't like it then I'd fully support a grassroots campaign to get the government to change things. I think there's a very strong case to be made for it being unnecessarily divisive.
It kind of parallels my views on abortion. I'm not so much against abortion as I am against the courts saying that we the people don't have the right to decide things on our own.
And while I've got my head firmly entrenched in the bees' nest ala Winnie The Pooh I might as well say this: Atheism is no less a belief than Christianity is. (Or Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or any other religion of your choosing for that matter.) You may be able to explain everything in the universe without a god, but it can also be explained with Him, Her, or It. The existence of a higher power can no more be proved than it can be disproved.
I guess I'm just tired of the...
holier than thouself-righteous, we're smarter and more logical than you attitude that comes from many atheists. (Note that I don't support the holier than thou, we're going to Heaven and you're not attitude that comes from many religious people either.) The secular humanists/atheists have people on their side just as condescending as on the religious side of things, but I think many only see the self-righteous pricks on the other side of things.