Pledge Becomes Next Battlefield in the War Against God
I see the militant atheists are continuing their war against God and the Christian foundation of America.
From the Washington Times:
Dubbed “Don’t Say the Pledge,” the campaign encourages people, regardless of their beliefs, to sit down during the Pledge and “make a statement for true inclusiveness.”
“We want everyone to know that the current wording of the Pledge discriminates against atheists and others who are good without a god, and we want them to stand up for fairness by sitting down until the Pledge is restored to its original, unifying form,” said association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.
Actually, it IS in its unifying form. When “under God” was added to the pledge in 1954, 88% of Americans identified with Christianity. Even today, after fifty years of all-out war and demonization of Christianity by atheists and a cesspool culture of hedonism, somewhere between 76 and 80% of Americans still call themselves Christians. If the Left can call 51% in a presidential election a “mandate” (when the 51% is in favor of their Democrat, at least), then certainly any rational person would call 76% or more an overwhelming majority.
You’re never going to please everyone, and you’re almost never going to get 100% agreement on anything. But it’s hard to beat 76-80%. And while it is true that the majority is not entitled to tyrannize the minority, it is equally true that the minority should not be allowed to tyrannize the majority by “guilting” them out of recognizing the source of our nation’s greatness–the source that the overwhelming majority of them recognize. We don’t have a “right not to be offended by the beliefs of the majority.”
This is really what the inclusion of “under God” in the pledge of allegiance is about: acknowledging what the overwhelming majority of Americans have understood since before our nation even began: that America owes its blessings and its very existence to God.
Virtually every colonial charter recognized God and the Christian religion, and specified as a purpose of the charter to be to honor God.
The famed Mayflower Compact–the first “constitution” or governmental document in colonial America–began, “In the name of God, Amen” and listed their purpose as “for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country.”
The Declaration of Independence, the founding document of our country (as well as the first organic law of the United States Code) cited as its authority the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” and that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” declaring independence from the most powerful empire on earth “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”
When the founders sat down to create the United States Constitution (the one which was created “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” recognized the Christian weekly holy day, and required a sworn oath of office), Benjamin Franklin (one of the least religious of the founders) observed:
How has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.
It’s no wonder that some years later, as John Adams recounted in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity.”
All 50 states have acknowledged God in their founding documents, i.e. their state constitutions. A few examples:
Delaware – “Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences…”
New Jersey – We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors
New York – “We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings
California – We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom
Alaska – We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land
Hawaii – We, the people of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance, and mindful of our Hawaiian heritage and uniqueness as an island State
We also shouldn’t forget that the Northwest Ordinance of 1787–our nation’s third organic law–recognizes “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind.”
Nor should we forget this bit of advice from John Jay, our nation’s first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by President George Washington: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
And only a fool would scoff at and reject the advice of the father of our country and our nation’s first president, George Washington (or pretend he didn’t say what he said):
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
It should be apparent with amazing clarity by this point exactly who the overwhelming majority of the people of the United States looked to as the creator, provider and protector of our country.
This question was examined in 1892 in the Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States case, in which the United States Supreme Court found:
If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find every where a clear recognition of the same truth…These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.
As President Eisenhower said when he signed the bill into law:
From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty…. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.
It has been pointed out that “under God” (which also hearkened back to what President Abraham Lincoln said about the United States being “under God”) was added to the pledge in 1954 as a way to distinguish the United States from the Godless anti-Christian communism of the Soviet Union.
And that’s perfectly fine. One of the key–if not THE key–differences between us and atheistic Marxism should be highlighted and made very clear to the whole world. After all, the fact that the United States was founded by Christians on Christian principles is the reason our country quickly became the most free and prosperous nation in human history…just as the fact that the Soviet Union was founded on atheistic, anti-Christian Marxism is the reason it quickly became one of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in human history. Yes, there is a direct correlation between both. The proof is in the pudding. If atheists were smart, they’d do the math and then maybe get with the program…if they were smart.
What’s more, it’s just common sense to give your allegiance to the country in which you have chosen to be come (or remain) a citizen, even if you disagree with the theological beliefs of the vast majority of its citizens.
If I became a citizen of a Muslim country (where any rational person would expect me, as a citizen of that country, to hold allegiance to that country) where they had a Pledge of Allegiance like ours, and I was in a situation where the Pledge of Allegiance was expected to be recited by those present, I would simply say nothing when it came to the “under Allah” part. (Though that might very well cost me my head in a Muslim country, where in a Christian country like America the worst that would happen to me would be that I might receive a few dirty looks–which, incidentally, ought to say something to atheists about how good they have it in a country where Christian tolerance has been the mainstay of our culture for over 200 years).
Frankly, if I couldn’t stand and recite a pledge of allegiance to the country of which I was a citizen, then I would darn well be busy looking for another country to move to and become a citizen of–one where I could enthusiastically pledge my allegiance.
If America’s Christian foundation, or the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are still Christians even after a 50-year smear campaign, or the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans still have no problem with acknowledging that this nation is under God’s protection and authority…if any of these things so badly stick in the craw of atheists that they can’t bring themselves to give their allegiance to the United States, logic would dictate that they should be preparing to if not already moved to a country more in line with their anti-Christian values (say North Korea or Vietnam–remember, the Soviet Union has already collapsed, thanks to atheistic values).
If I was a citizen of a country that was founded on values so antithetical to mine that I could not give my allegiance to that country, I would not live in that country a day longer than it took me to gain entrance to a better country and pack up my stuff.
Which is why I, as a Bible-believing Christian, live in the United States and not some country founded on atheistic principles.
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