Summary: We are a nation "Under God". Always have been. Always will be.
Declaration of Dependence
In what could be considered, at best, extremely poor timing (8 days before our nation celebrated it’s 226th birthday) the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals ruled saying the Pledge of Allegiance in public school is unconstitutional because the phrase “one nation under God” is an “endorsement of religion.” If this ruling stands then it will be unconstitutional for children in nine states to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States.
In Canada, where President Bush was taking part in an economic summit, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said: "The president’s reaction was that this ruling is ridiculous. The Supreme Court itself begins each of its sessions with the phrase `God save the United States and this honorable court,’" Fleischer said. "The Declaration of Independence refers to God or to the Creator four different times. Congress begins each session of the Congress each day with a prayer, and of course our currency says, `In God We Trust. The ruling was also attacked on Capitol Hill, with Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., calling it "just nuts."
I have never seen this America so united against a judicial ruling as this one. Whenever the Senate and the House vote UNANIMOUSLY on ANYTHING it’s time to sit up and take notice. And when have you ever heard of Jerry Falwell, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson all being united on any issue?
The case was brought by Michael A. Newdow, a Sacramento atheist who objected because his second-grade daughter was required to recite the pledge at the Elk Grove school district. A federal judge had dismissed his lawsuit.
Newdow, a doctor who holds a law degree and represented himself, called the pledge a "religious idea that certain people don’t agree with."
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., was one of many lawmakers who immediately reacted in anger and shock to the ruling. "Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves. This is the worst kind of political correctness run amok," Bond said. "What’s next? Will the courts now strip ’so help me God’ from the pledge taken from new presidents?"
We are losing more and more freedoms because of “political correctness” and people who are “offended” by one of the foundations of this country. July 4th is when we celebrate America’s freedom from England. But we need to remember that this holiday is about so much more than cookouts, parades, and fireworks.
The 4th of July is about a nation founded, rooted and established on Christian principles. On this I’d like to remind us of some of the words our founding fathers said to this matter.
"Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics."
-- George Washington’s Farewell Address to Nation
"The 1st amendment has created a wall of separation between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall, it keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government."
-- President Thomas Jefferson in an address to Danbury Baptists.