Skip to content

Removing God from our nation

July 27, 2016

I am sure you know when one lives alone and gets older there is an accumulation of random thoughts that rattle founding1around in one’s head, and from time to time one or more of them may solidify and become worthy of a posting. So I offer for your consideration one of the many never published contemplation’s that I have reflected on over the years that has bubbled to the surface of this old curmudgeons brain.

Over the decades there has been a slow inexorable movement to remove God from every aspect of our nation. From the banning of a prayer to start the day in our schools, to the prayer before graduations or sporting events. Also across our nation crosses and statues of the ten commandments have been removed from public parks and state and federal buildings, all accomplished without much opposition.

Yes there has been some effort to maintain the status quo but not enough to move those in power to stop this removal of any connection between God and government. Could this be because ‘we the people’ are now so focused on day to day survival that it is easier to give up the things that at one time we considered of overriding importance? Could this also be the root cause of the breakdown of the family unit and the lowering of morality across this nation?

Our nation has survived for almost two and a half centuries because when it was created those who built the very foundation of this nation did so with one eye on their creator and his teachings. Now I believe it is evident from our current state of affairs that we have indeed strayed far from these bedrock principles. I did a little research on our founding fathers and found the following quotes that I hope may prove to be food for thought and maybe even inspiring. As one can see by their own words they understood how best to build a nation.

Alexander Hamilton….
“For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.”

Thomas Jefferson….
“…can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?”

Benjamin Franklin….
“ God governs in the affairs of man. 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 in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech

James Madison….
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]

George Washington….
“…reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.. it is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the bible.” [Washington’s farewell address]

Our nation built upon
Judeo Christian principles has stood the test of time
could now the loss of these principles
usher in the
demise
of that same nation?

founding2

Advertisements
7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2016 10:15 am

    Great entry, Pete! I have nothing to add as it is complete ‘as is’!

    Like

  2. Dwight permalink
    July 27, 2016 12:19 pm

    Look at any of our US coins or bills and you will see “In God We Trust”. I, for one hope that it remains that way!

    Like

  3. Jon permalink
    July 27, 2016 2:41 pm

    I agree with Dwight & will add that all of these rich people that somehow have come to despise the country that allowed them to become rich need to leave the filthy lucre that states that phrase on it behind & move to the caves & deserts of the Middle East or Siberia.
    Now the wisdom of our forefathers is being maligned in the name of racism & bigotry.

    Like

  4. Del permalink
    July 28, 2016 4:30 am

    good post Pete….. Thought you would like to watch this…. You might have already..

    Like

  5. July 28, 2016 9:50 am

    AMEN!

    Like

  6. August 1, 2016 5:59 am

    Almost all religions have a single, “all powerful” entity.
    Jews (and, thusly Jesus) would say Lord, or God. (Yahweh)
    But other faiths have a singular deity as well.
    It is a mistake to think Christianity alone is the basis of this nation when many of the esteemed members you cite were not Christian. William Penn, for instance, was a Quaker.

    Moreover, just as you provide samplings of their thoughts, other thoughts of these same principle players can be found…

    Ben Franklin: “When a religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it, so that it’s professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

    George Washington: “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony & irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause…”

    John Adams: “The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”

    Etc.

    Moreover, “Judeo Christian” as far back as October 17, 1821… referring to a style of church that would keep with some Jewish traditions in order to convert Jews.
    — en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judeo-Christian

    But yet, I’m sure we’re not saying that the United States is a Jewish, or keeping with Jewish Traditions in order to convert Jews, so this phrase doesn’t really apply at all.

    Lastly,

    As if to further cement the separation between the new government and religion (which had been deeply intertwined, and used as a weapon against he people (right of the first night, anyone?), the first amendment to the Constitution was written.
    http://www.snopes.com/weddings/customs/droit.asp

    “Separation of church and state” is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    The intent of this clause was to limit the power of the Federal Government in regard to religion thus ensuring freedom of religion in the United States of America.

    The phrase “separation of church and state” is generally traced to a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Jefferson wrote,
    “ “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
    — en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States

    There is no one religion of the United States.

    Moreover,

    “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States. It was adopted as the nation’s motto in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, [“from many, one”] which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.”
    — en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust

    In other words, those that founded this country did not put “God” on the nation’s currency.
    This country grew for 180 years before that motto appeared on our paper currency. So to say it shows how our country was founded on Christian values is just wrong.

    This country was created for civil freedom.
    The right to celebrate your Christian, or Jewish, or Buddhist, or Taoist, or Hindu, or, whatever you want. Or no faith. This government does not tie itself to, or align itself with any one religion so that all can feel free.

    Like

    • August 3, 2016 5:17 pm

      Very well written and agreeable rebuttal… As a poli sci nut I wish I had the time to write an essay response everytime I disagreed with someone online. 😉

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: