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The Separation of God and State

Written by Ed Howes

We might imaginerepparttar United States Constitution is intended by its language to prohibit interference in religious matters byrepparttar 125489 national government. What we have today is far closer torepparttar 125490 conventioners' hearts thanrepparttar 125491 language implies. When convention President, Franklin grew weary of a convention deadlocked for many days, he proposed that it was not without divine intervention they had so recently won a difficult and bloody war. Therefore, it only made sense they should call upon this power each day to assist inrepparttar 125492 building of a nation. His compatriots voted no.

There was no place for divinity inrepparttar 125493 creation of this nation. Each member ofrepparttar 125494 convention was free to pray each day as he saw fit. The deadlock would be broken by compromise. The Constitution was all about compromise thereafter.

Knowingrepparttar 125495 state legislatures would never ratify a document that usurped so much sovereignty from states and their citizens,repparttar 125496 conventioners did an end run aroundrepparttar 125497 legislatures to getrepparttar 125498 document ratified by sympathetic, hand-picked committees. We got a secular framework by whichrepparttar 125499 sovereignty ofrepparttar 125500 citizen andrepparttar 125501 state would slowly transfer torepparttar 125502 national government. This was a process and it tookrepparttar 125503 War Againstrepparttar 125504 States to completerepparttar 125505 power grab, intended fromrepparttar 125506 beginning.

Though its deficiencies are legion, my attention was recently called torepparttar 125507 supremacy clause. Whenever state law opposes national law,repparttar 125508 national law will be held to berepparttar 125509 supreme law ofrepparttar 125510 land. That is, an arrogant group of nation builders decided that all wisdom was vested in their work andrepparttar 125511 wisdom of any state opposing theirs was null and void. That should tell us a little aboutrepparttar 125512 attitudes ofrepparttar 125513 ambitious, who know what is best for everyone else, in all cases. The nation these men created has conformed to this spirit and this is why it is universally hated and despised aroundrepparttar 125514 world.

In 1954,repparttar 125515 words, under God, were added torepparttar 125516 Pledge of Allegiance. It only took a week or two to remember them each day inrepparttar 125517 classroom. But then, what is a pledge? What is allegiance? Why pledge it to an object such as a flag? What is a republic? What isrepparttar 125518 difference between a nation under God and one not under God? How does one put a nation under God or remove it? Twelve years of government approved education never answered these questions andrepparttar 125519 pledge seemed a silly thing to me, all those years. I had to joinrepparttar 125520 military to see howrepparttar 125521 pledge prepared my mind forrepparttar 125522 Oath of Allegiance I was now required to swear. That oath was more confusing still. It spelled out my duty to defendrepparttar 125523 Constitution from all enemies and left me without a clue as to how that is done.

It was with great confusion that I would next need to learn that we could no longer reciterepparttar 125524 Lord's Prayer in "government" school, just eight years after adding under God torepparttar 125525 pledge. This was not even a Christian prayer. It made sense for anyone who believed their relationship to God was father and child. I did not know about how offensive that was to atheists and agnostics because I did not know any. Even today, my mind is troubled that an atheist or agnostic would not wantrepparttar 125526 blessings that could come from this prayer, whether they believe in a Father God or not. If they could possibly be wrong,repparttar 125527 rest of us would cover their bases.

The next year, after all America's public school children ceased praying forrepparttar 125528 nation every school day, J.F.K. was assassinated. J.F.K., I would later learn, was threatening to issue currency instead of borrowing from banks at interest, as Lincoln had also proposed. He also wanted to stay out of Vietnam, so now it's obvious why he had to die, as did Lincoln; who had just foughtrepparttar 125529 warrepparttar 125530 money power wanted. So much for money power loyalty!

Since I was now free from praying in class every day, it never occurred to me to pray independently and I imagine most other students were happy to be done with this daily requirement. It would be many years before I would see thatrepparttar 125531 daily bread no longer came so easily and soon required both parents to work for it. It took a long time to see that while I was delivered fromrepparttar 125532 evil of direct involvement in Vietnam, hundreds of thousands of others were not so fortunate. Now I can't help but wonder how many national trespasses remain unforgiven and will be punished. In fact, I often think every American life needlessly lost, is a payment on an ever burgeoning debt of a people no longer under God, regardless of daily school pledges.

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