In God We Trust
We've all seen and heard the news from all over the country that shows our religious leaders and certain politicians are hell-bent on getting religion into our public schools. There are the "Hang Ten" efforts to get the Ten Commandments on our public school walls, and now we have "In God We Trust" efforts in full swing. You know that one, right? Hmmm... Perhaps a short history break here...
Let's go back... not too far... about 50 years or so...
Back in the 1950's, there was this guy named Joe. And Joe knew for sure there were only two kinds of Americans: Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving Americans OR No-Good, Atheist, Commie-Bastard Americans. Joe forgot (or never realized) that America is a country where ALL Americans, regardless of their race, creed, color, political or religious beliefs (or even if they're bastards), are welcome and to be treated equally and without discrimination.
Now, that wouldn't have been too bad in itself. I mean, everyone has a right to their opinion, including you, me, and even Joe. But this particular Joe's last name was McCarthy and he was a United States Senator, which gave him special powers to hunt down those Atheist Commie Bastards and put a serious hurt on them, their families, their friends, their careers and their lives. And he did it with a Christian passion and a vengeance seen many times before and since.
At that time, a lot of Americans were very nervous and afraid of the U.S.S.R. because the Russians had figured out how to make atomic bombs, just like the ones we dropped on Japan. And since the U.S.S.R. was a Communist country, Americans were very afraid of "Those Atheist Commie Bastards."
So, when McCarthy went on a nation-wide witch hunt to put his special brand of hurt on American Citizens that he decided were Atheist Commie Bastards (which turned out to be anyone who didn't agree with him), no-one stopped him. Many even joined in! In about two shakes of a clenched fist, Atheists and Communists were inextricably linked together. Even today, most Americans can't seem to tell the difference between them.
You've got that look on your face like I'm exaggerating, or something.
Hmmm... Perhaps a little from Joe himself: "Today we are
engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity."-
Sen. Joseph McCarthy, in a speech
to the Ohio County Women's Republican Club on February 9, 1950.
So there it is in his own words; His was a fight over religious ideas,
NOT political ones. He simply lumped non-Christians in with communists
in order to give his religious crusade a political foothold. Christian
historical revisionists have made it seem as if McCarthy's crusade was
against the communist economic model rather than its atheism, but Joe's
own words and actions prove otherwise. Accordingly, Joe must have
Abraham Lincoln was an enemy of the state for saying, "My
earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation
and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger
with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change
Anyway, since Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving Americans were the only ones allowed to stand up and be heard (because if you had a different view you likely ended up in total ruin or even jail!!) they were the only voices being heard at the time (other than the poor souls being grilled and publicly humiliated by McCarthy and his thugs in the "House Committee on Un-American Activities"). And a few of those Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving American voices proclaimed that we should change the United States' National Motto from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust" - because they did. And if you didn't agree with them, you were obviously one of those Atheist Commie Bastards that McCarthy was looking for and you were promptly turned in so he and his gang could kick your un-American, Atheist, Commie-bastard ass on national TV! Given the political atmosphere at the time, it's not very surprising then to understand why there was very little opposition to the suggestion.
(I encourage you to click the links I've made to these founding fathers' names after you've read what I have to say here, so that you can read the things they actually said. Note that the same founding father's name, if highlighted in different places on this page, usually go to different sites with various information, so check them all out. Please read their words yourself, rather than take the word of some clergyman, politician or even me - Then YOU KNOW.)
Where did our National Motto come from in the first place? "E Pluribus Unum" was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. A Latin phrase that translates thus: "From many, One" the phrase offered a strong statement of the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states.
Over the years, "E Pluribus Unum" has also served as a reminder of America's bold attempt to make one unified nation of people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. The challenge of seeking unity while respecting diversity has played a critical role in shaping our history, our culture, and our national character.
Well, all that American Diversity and Unity stuff went right out the window in the stampede to get rid of those Atheist Commie Bastards, and "E Pluribus Unum", a proud motto and patriotic phrase for over 175 years of our country's history and heritage, was replaced with "In God We Trust" faster than you can say, "Huh?"
McCarthy was eventually denounced as a hate-monger and a crack-pot, and the Senate voted 67-22 to censure McCarthy for "conduct contrary to Senatorial tradition." All of the people that followed and supported him in his tyrannical crusade, shamed by the atrocities committed on their fellow Americans, put all the blame squarely on his shoulders, and he died 2 and a half years later, at age 48, from a condition related to his cirrhotic liver. What we are left with is: The term "McCarthyism" and "In God We Trust" as our National Motto and on our money.
Now, here we are, about 50 years later. For most Americans (anyone under about 50 years old), "In God We Trust" has been in place this way all of their lives, so many just assume it's been in place this way since the founding fathers first uttered the words "United States". From there, it's easy to believe that it must mean they intended this to be a Christian Nation. Quite plainly, it gives us the message that we, as a Nation, trust in God, believe in God, God is part of our country, our history, our heritage. Obviously, our forefathers founded the United States on good, Christian principles for good, God-fearing people who believe in God, and that's why they proclaimed loudly to the world, "In God We Trust"! Only... they didn't. Not even once.
As though they heard it from Thomas Jefferson himself, we are told this "Christian Nation" version of American History by deceitful, politically-motivated religious leaders and religion-motivated political leaders who want very desperately for THEIR particular religious beliefs to influence the decisions and course of OUR government and laws. Unfortunately for them, while they can preach this twisted and untrue version of history, and even convince those that don't look into it for themselves (often known as "sheep"), they can't actually CHANGE history. And that's where things start to get ugly.
See, we got these things called the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that really DID come from our forefathers - the guys that founded these United States, and God doesn't even get an honorable mention in them - not even once. Instead, what we find in those documents, is that the government is not allowed to promote or support religion. NOT a PARTICULAR religion, as the deceitful, history-rewriting religio-politicals like to try to interpret it - Nope, just religion. All-inclusive, as a 'thing'. And, it's easily verified.
First, we have all of the writings of the founding fathers that authored it, debated what wording should be used, supported it and then made it law. Men like Madison, who authored much of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Treaty of Tripoli, where he made it absolutely clear, "The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded upon the Christian religion." Jefferson, Madison's mentor, had much to say on the subject as well, and so did many others. They made it explicitly clear that the government should in NO WAY get involved with religion AT ALL, nor should religion get involved with our government AT ALL. To fulfill this ideal, they intended, then erected a "Wall of Separation between Church and State" as Jefferson described it.
Second, we have the Supreme Court rulings throughout the entire history of the United States that have taken all those writings and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into account, and ruled time after time after time in favor of maintaining this "Wall of Separation between Church and State" high and strong.
Because of this, it has always been the mission of a few, conniving, very vocal, political/religious leaders in our country to try to find cracks or holes in the Wall, in order to slip through or past it in some way, so as to establish THEIR religion in OUR government. This has been going on ever since the country was founded. Jefferson had to deal with it when he was president, and at that time coined the phrase, "The Wall of Separation between Church and State" to describe the intent of our forefathers, of which he WAS ONE.
They've had some victories over the centuries. For one thing, they are very good at convincing the faithful that their commonality in a belief in God means that the faithful should necessarily support them in their efforts. They carefully avoid the fact that the very principles our nation were founded upon will necessarily have to be shit-canned in the process. They wave the flag and carry on about what it means to be an American, while simultaneously working hard to overthrow the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Just as Madison predicted 200 years ago and warned against, they point to the small victories they've won over the last two centuries, like religionizing the motto, declarations of God on our money, prayers to open sessions of Congress, "So help me God" added to various vows, Presidents promoting religious causes, etc., and declare them proof positive that this IS a Christian Nation and it's time for all good Christians that believe in God to jump on the bandwagon with them to overcome EVIL and CHANGE America for it's own good.
They've bamboozled enough of the voting public that one can no longer be elected President (or most other political positions) unless a belief in God has been professed and is believable, contrary to every intent our forefathers had regarding religious tests as a prerequisite to holding public office in this country. It's even in our constitution: "No religious test shall ever be required as qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." -- U.S. Constitution, Article VI.iii (1787).
The U.S. Constitution is the law of the land. Every American that says they would not vote for someone who is an atheist, or is not a Christian, or any other religious test, is going against the very principals our nation was founded upon, and is breaking the law. Every religious leader that asks a candidate about their faith with the intent of causing their "flock" (of sheep) to vote in a certain way based on the results of such a religious test is doing the same thing. Every candidate that thinks his personal religious beliefs and views are valid issues in order to pass these religious tests is furthering this completely un-American and illegal activity.
Watching Bush, Gore and Lieberman compete for the "Most Faithful" award was, quite frankly, sickening to me. As candidates aspiring to positions in our government that are supposed to represent ALL the PEOPLE, they should all be ashamed of themselves for snubbing their noses at the Constitution they must swear to defend if elected.
Yes, religious tests are now fully in control of who is even eligible to be a President of the United States, in spite of the law in the Constitution that forbids it and our forefathers' intentions when they founded this nation and wrote the laws that govern it. President Bush is proof positive that it's way more important to be "born again" and promise to give government-taxed money to religious entities, than it is to have a coherent, working vocabulary.
But the BIG one they've been working on for years, is to get religion back into our public schools, where they can influence fresh, young, malleable minds that will grow up to become politicians and voters who can do even MORE damage to our Nation's history, heritage and legal foundations by injecting their religious beliefs and myths.
And that brings us to today and the MANY efforts underway to slip religion through some obscure crack in the Wall in order to accomplish the goal of turning places of public education into places of religious indoctrination. Watch closely for the deceitful nature of their propaganda as we examine them. It's not hard to spot the "Liars for Jesus"; They're the ones trying to convince us (and the courts) that "God" and "Faith" have nothing to do with "Religion" if they simply say it doesn't.
I'm often reminded of the sentiment seen so often lately in the popular question, "What Would Jesus Do?" (By the way, I think that's a good question, and one that more people ought to ask themselves on a regular basis) In witnessing the outright deceit of these protagonists, it appears that Jesus would lie about his true intentions, just so he could wriggle religion into politics. More likely, they only ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" when they know the answer will work in their favor. But I digress...
To give you an idea of how MUCH activity is going on to trample the
Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the ideals of a proud Nation
of diverse people and beliefs, here's a typical week in the A-A
None of this is new. It's been going on for over 2 and a quarter centuries! It comes up over and over and over, each time with a new twist, a new angle, a new deception to try to wriggle it's way past our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Luckily, we've always had the Supreme Court to stop it dead in it's tracks.
You don't have to be a "Godless Atheist" to understand why we must keep religion out of politics. Most of our forefathers weren't atheists; They believed there was indeed a God, Creator, deity or supreme being of some sort, even if they weren't Christian. In the 'Dear John' letter to King George (the Declaration of Independence) Jefferson wrote on their behalf, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Yet, when we look at ALL of their writings, we see that even though they had religious beliefs, they also understood and intended implicitly that government and religion should never be mixed, that one should never influence the other, so that each may remain pure and trustworthy to the people. They noted repeatedly in their own writings the absolute horror and tragedy of governments throughout history that allowed religion to play a role, and resolved that it would not be the case in this new government they were meticulously setting up. To that end, they wrote a Constitution and a Bill of Rights that have stood the test of time against those that would try to get by it in the Supreme Court for over two centuries.
Now, you'd think Joe McCarthy's antics would have died out in the 50's after he was so soundly put down by the Senate, the press and the American people who finally saw the danger in his religious zeal to hunt down and exterminate non-Christians. And you'd be right, it should have died there and then.
But guess what? In the 1980's we had a guy named George, who said: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." Again, that wouldn't have been too bad since everyone's entitled to their opinion, but this particular George's last name is Bush, and at the time he was the vice president and made the remarks to a reporter in 1988. Maybe he's just not bright enough to realize it, but he's arguing that millions of Americans should have their citizenships revoked, and that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln and many other beloved American leaders and countrymen were neither citizens or patriots, since Washington, Jefferson and Madison were deists rather than theists, and Lincoln was an atheist!
You may recall that Super-Christian George Sr. then became the president,
and that here and now, in the new millennium, his boy, Georgee Junior,
aka "Dubya" (like "Bubba"), is the president, and
appears to hold those very same anti-American, ultra-right-wing, religious-motivated
ideals as his dear, old, prejudiced, rich, daddy, being a chip off the
old block-head, so to speak. You can't really blame Jr., I guess,
since he's obviously not smart enough to figure it out on his own, but
still... You'd think these guys would read a little U.S. and World
history if they want to be the president, wouldn't ya? Instead,
we get "Dubya" saying (on tape, no less!) "There ought
to be limits to freedom." Limits?! To freedom?!!
Will we allow some to take the freedoms of any, some or all Americans because of dissenting views or opinions in matters of religion, politics or anything else?! Shall we burn to the ground those very foundations upon which our Government was molded? The very freedom that we hold so dear is enabled by those foundations; Without them, true freedom cannot exist! Our founding fathers knew this. That's why we have the government we do. That's why there is separation between church and state. That's why we are free! We must not throw that freedom out the window as easily as we did the National Motto, in order to appease some religious leaders with political goals who resort to outright deceit in order to once again stampede over anyone who is not a Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving American, per some person's idea of what that is.
Now, you can believe this or not, but if you dig through history you're gonna find out it's true: If you think, for one minute, that it's only going to affect someone else's freedoms, and not yours, you have been bamboozled my friend. It has never worked that way in all of the history of the world - EVER. And it's not going to work that way this time either - it can't.
First, if they can take the freedoms of the Godless Atheists in the name of this being a "Christian country", then who's next? The Muslims, the Hindus and anyone else that's not a "Christian" right? Of course, because this is a "Christian country", and those people aren't Christians - they're just as bad as any atheist - they're going to Hell. Ok, They're gone too. Who's next? Why, anyone that's not the "proper" kind of "Christian" as defined by those that make the rules, that's who. Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Presbyterians, Catholics, etc., etc., etc... Why? Because this front is led by the very vocal, bible-thumping, hell-fire preaching, Southern Baptists, in case you haven't been paying attention. And to them, who is not a "proper Christian"? Why, everyone but them, that's who. So if you ain't one of them, voting along with them on this issue ain't too smart, if ya catch my drift.
When you read the actual words of our founding fathers, you'll see them saying the same thing (but much more eloquently) in their reasoning for keeping religion and government completely separated. Click the links. Use a search engine. Read a lot. Don't stop at a few religious web sites where they grabbed a phrase or two out of context. READ what our forefathers said in it's entirety, or as much as you can possibly digest.
Think for yourself. Read history for yourself. Not just U.S. history, but World history; Read what happened in governments infused with religious opinions and convictions and laws and punishments. Put yourself in the common man and woman's shoes living under those tyrannies, and understand what I and our forefathers are saying about true freedom. Form your own opinions. Treat others as YOU want to be treated yourself. Take the freedoms from others that you want taken from you. It's really that simple. Be like our founding fathers and tell these people that religion has no place in YOUR government, JUST LIKE other people's religions have no place in YOUR government. Do unto others...
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