One Nation Under God … oh really?
I can’t help but wonder, as I sit here day after day, watching the political process unfold in front of the nation, if politicians like Palin and McCain really understand … well, anything. I wonder if anyone understands anything. Obviously not, given the ridiculous things that I’ve seen in blogs and bulletins lately.
I hear them talking, and read their quotes, and watch as people that I thought were marginally intelligent quote them. What I hear and read though, are things that are just untrue. Things like, “Our country was founded as a Christian nation!” and “One Nation Under God” and “It even says it on our money!” I wonder, didn’t anyone pay attention in school? Oh wait, maybe they went to a religious school, where things like this weren’t taught. Of course, if the Right-wing Republicans have it their way (especially Palin), none of our schools will teach actual history and science.
So, I thought that I might try to help people educate themselves, since somewhere along the line, they weren’t paying attention. Then again, maybe they just don’t care about our country’s history, and want to continue to be ignorant and ill-informed Bible-thumpers.
Let’s start with the “One Nation Under God” argument, that I see thrown around so loosely, as if it’s somehow justification for their slanderous assaults. How many people know that it goes against the First Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits our Government from having a national religion, and from even preferring one religion to another! Don’t believe me? Well, let’s have a read then:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I could safely presume, then, that all of the politicians are in violation of the First Amendment. Yes, all of them, even Obama! What do they have to say to the people who aren’t believers in their God, when they’re all saying “God Bless America” at the end of their speeches? Don’t they understand that Government is not allowed to take preference? What about the Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Muslims, Wiccans, the Athiests and even the Eskimos and Native Americans?
So, where did this “One Nation Under God” theme come from? It certainly wasn’t in the original Pledge of Allegiance. More importantly, though, why is it in there now? The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 (a very long time after the founding of our country) for a children’s magazine, for a celebration of Columbus Day.
The original reads:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The words “my Flag” were replaced by “the Flag of the United States” in 1923, so that immigrants would know which flag they were talking about. “of America” was added a year later. It was officially recognized by Congress in 1942. In 1940, the Supreme Court said that all children in public schools must recite the pledge, but in 1943 the decision was reversed because “compulsory unification of opinion” violated the First Amendment. The Knights of Columbus in New York City, tried but failed to get the words “under God” added, in 1951. In 1954, a Presbyterian minister persuaded President Eisenhower to add the words “under God” because of the words being used in the Gettysburg Address. But that may not be the entire reason. Remember, this was during the time of anti-Communism, when our country associated Communist people as being “godless”, and wanted a way to distinguish us from “them”. So, the best way to do that was to associate patriotism with religion. Ironically, in 2002, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California ruled 2 to 1 that those words in the pledge violate the First Amendment.
But that’s not the end of it. Our money, as everyone knows, has the motto, “In God We Trust” inscribed on every denomination. Once again, this suggestion came from a minister of a church, who believed that “This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism.” For those of you who don’t understand what that means: “the disgrace of those who don’t believe in the God of Christianity”. The US Treasury, since 1864, has printed this motto.
So, let me put this out there for everyone. Since when is not believing in the God of Christianity a disgrace? Again, I ask, what about all the people in this nation who don’t believe? This is, after all, a diverse nation, is it not, with diverse religions? And our Government is prohibited, by the First Amendment, from having a national religion. And yet, Republicans continue to throw out statements like, “we’re a Christian nation!”, to appeal to all the Bible-thumpers out there. Wishful thinking? Stupidity? Arrogance. Yes, that seems the most likely cause.
And speaking of the First Amendment … slander is also a violation. Of course, Republicans like McCain and Palin don’t seem to remember that, either! If they did, they wouldn’t be the liars they currently are. Maybe Obama, and all Democrats for that matter, should start suing them in court. That might stop the lies! For that matter, I can think of quite a few people who I’d personally love to sue for slander!
With any hope, the people who have read this in it’s entirety, will stop making a jackass of themselves when they post ridiculous blogs and bulletins, claiming that we’re “One Nation Under God”, because that’s not how our country was founded!
Which, by the way, our country was founded by the Native American Indians. It was STOLEN by people who couldn’t even fight for their own beliefs, so had to hijack ours, enslave and kill our Natives, and cram their beliefs down the throats of my ancestors! Yeah, I tend to take that personally!