Admittedly, one could easily make the argument that “Under God” should not be in the pledge based on the Freedom of Religion found in the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. Unlike most of the other attempts to construe this Freedom as taking down of Ten Commandments monuments and prohibiting Nativity scenes in which Congress did not pass any law enacting any of those things, this is a real question of something Congress did. The original pledge of allegience did not contain the phrase “Under God” even though it was penned by a preacher.
But how important are these words, and how important that our children recite them day after day? Understanding that at the time of the founding of this country, every nation had a religion wedded to the state, and the fact that this country was to let people be free to choose their own religion was important, the founders created the Bill of Rights. Given the atmosphere at the time, the people chose to continue their emphasis on Christianity. This is why, even after the adoption of the Constitution, et al, we still had states with state religions.
Did the founders ever envision a tyranny of the minority telling the majority that they cannot worship their God with displays on public grounds? Wouldn’t this be the very reason that they enshrined the right to be free to exercise your religion in the Constitution? Wasn’t one of the reasons that the pilgrims left their land because of religious persecution? Isn’t that exactly what is happening when a man or woman is told that they cannot talk about God, the Bible or their religion in a public place.
Furthermore, this tyranny continues to be full of folly. If you look at it, those that are Atheists shouldn’t care that people worship God, since He doesn’t exist in their mind. Yet, they are only satisfied when they don’t have to be reminded of something that they believe doesn’t exist. Truthfully, this sounds like they aren’t as firm in that belief as they should be! I have to put up with people and what they think all the time, yet I don’t order or go to court to get people to not offend me by my ideas.
If you take other major religions, they continue to believe that government should mandate their religion only. Yet Christianity and the goverment founded on Biblical Christianity, doesn’t force you to be any religion. Why? Because the
rights that are enshrined in the Constitution are based on the philosophy of certain rights originating from a source higher than government. Every time government has had the last say they have created their own religion, and they change their own rules.
So, what’ll it be? Should we follow those that want to take God out, and in essence the very philosophy that lets us have divergent opinions on all sorts of things or should we start saying no when people say that we should remove God out of the public square? I think you no which way I’m voting.