Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lost Liberties of America

My daughter, an airman, suggested we post the Pledge of Allegiance.
I do pledge my Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands: One nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

I echo her suggestion that, if you agree, make the pledge on your own FB page.

One little girl responded:

 "Guess people here are forgetting about the separation of church and state again. How about we all pledge allegiance to one nation under Allah? No? How bout Mithra? No, still not thrilled about it? How do you think they feel about it? What about how Buddhists who don't have a belief in any gods feel? Or pagans who believe in many gods? If you want your freedom of religion defended, protect that of others as well."

When others supported the "Under God" statement with comments about the Founding Fathers being Christian and America being founded to provide freedom of religion she responded again with,

 "In god we trust and under god were not added until the whole Cold War thing. You can look it up. And if you look into the founding fathers some of them were pretty much entirely disdainful of Christianity. Thomas Jefferson for example. The pledge, and public schools are government institutions. By mandating saying the pledge, particularly with"under god" in it, the government would be endorsing and promoting a specific religion, thus forcing the religious views of some, on all."

Amid the responses to this girl was this one:
"How many names are there for God? How many people believe in an Higher Power without giving "it" a name? If we all (95% of Americans) who believe in God say "I believe in God", does that take away your right to not believe or even disbelieve? No.

Have you studied the old histories (not the newly written histories) that tell of how many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were preachers and ministers of the Gospel? Have you read of how many of the Presidents attended church services under the Dome of the Capitol Building when it was used by several denominations for services, including on Saturday? Even President Thomas Jefferson, who called for the preacher to administer the Sacrament to him while he lay on his deathbed?

Much can be learned about the USA and God and even the Holy Bible at http://www.earstohear.net/heritage/didyouknow.html 

Did you know that Congress paid for the publishing of the Holy Bible, built a church and paid for the minister, instructed that the Holy Bible be taught in public schools, and authorized support for many other religious activities before the anti-god movement of the 1960's?

May I gently recommend you learn more about what both the "Separation of Church and State" and the 1st Amendment means before speaking to the subject. You have your rights to disbelieve or not believe. Please allow others their rights to speak our beliefs without thinking others' beliefs are unprotected.

True believers in a Just, a Fair and a Good God must (I believe) allow all people their rights to peaceably believe, speak and live as they choose. No matter their professed religion. Government has the duty to protect those rights, not by reducing support for religion but by increasing such support equally for all so long as the religion honors the just laws of the land and protects the rights of believers and non-believers of that religion alike.

Any government that restricts the rights of the people in the free exercise of their religion MUST BE CORRECTED through legal means else the moral basis of that government will erode away until it is found to be THE DESTROYER of ALL the rights and liberties of the people.  This is the current destructive position of the Federal government of the U.S.A., according to my observations. 

May God bless and Protect the American States United under God.
God Bless America!

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