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Journal of No. 118


October 12th, 2005

Inbox Fury @ 02:13 pm


A relative passed along a little rant entitled We The People..... Of The United States. I couldn't let it go, so I reply all'ed. And now, my captive audience, you too can read my response.

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or
heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And
yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or
no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST
is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with
it, TOUGH!!!!


For the most part, I don't disagree strongly with any of the points except this last. Certainly it's true that America was colonized and founded by many people who took religion seriously and were seeking religious freedom. But that's very different from saying that the country was founded on the belief in one true god. In fact, the country was founded on the Constitution, which makes no mention of either God or religion except to say that government should stay out of it altogether.

The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted by the US as a motto in 1956, so I'm not sure how much heritage and history it has. Before it became the motto, it was used on coinage starting in 1864. It's interesting to read the history of how that came to happen.

To summarize, a squeaky wheel (one of those complainers who thinks he has a right to be offended) wanted a religious reference added to the coins and wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury. He said that adding God to our coins "would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism" and eliminate "our national shame in disowning God". In other words, he was complaining that the Founding Fathers had set up a secular government. So when someone talks about our heritage and history, I think they ought to look back to the actual Constitution and the actual Founding Fathers as their guide, rather than what they think our country's history is. Many of the Founding Fathers were religious men, but in their wisdom they set up a 'heathen' government so that all could be free.
 
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:October 13th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
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This and the belief that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments are two of the biggest lies birthed and propagated by the Christian churches.
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From:thegoldfishpool
Date:October 14th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
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Did they reply? My relatives send stuff like that all the time, and then get insulted if you try to challenge it. Agh.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:October 14th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
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Complete silence so far.
From:aaronjv
Date:October 14th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
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I, of course, agree with you.

Furthermore, I think it's so SAD that people don't realize what a wonderful system the Founding Fathers set up. They are disrespecting and ruining the good thing we have going by trying to impose their god on the rest of us.

Our country was also founded on the belief that five African Americans make up three honkys. But we changed that.

Our country was founded on the belief that the people could only vote for the House of Reps. We changed that, too.

Our country was founded on the belief that only men of age could vote. We changed that.

Our country was founded on the belief that a President could have multiple 4-year terms. That was changed.

If you don't like change, TOUGH! Move to China.

Journal of No. 118