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Why "Under God"

Why "Under God"?
By William J. Federer

We continually read how the ACLU, Americans United for the Separation of
Church and State, and similar groups, want "under God" taken out of the Pledge
of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments removed from Court Room walls, prayer out
of schools, teachers fired for wearing a cross necklaces, etc.
They state they simply want our government to be neutral in regards to
"religion." But just what is "religion"? Random House Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines "religion" as: "a set of beliefs." The word "belief" is defined as opinions, convictions - thoughts upon which one bases their actions. So as long as a person is doing "actions," they have thoughts that precede those actions - and that collection of thoughts is that person's "set of beliefs" or "religion." As long as the government is doing "actions," the government has thoughts that precede those actions - and that collection of thoughts is the government's "set of beliefs" or "religion."
So there can never be a separation of "religion" and government - as long as the government is doing "actions" there are thoughts or beliefs underlying those actions.
The ACLU is not trying to be "religion" neutral, but, in fact, they are promoting their own religion - their "non-diety" based belief system. This is in contrast to our founders "deity" based belief system: "All men are endowed by their CREATOR," "So Help Me GOD," "In GOD We Trust," "One Nation Under GOD".
In fact, so important was the belief in God in the formation of our government that the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Zorach v. Clauson, (1952), Justice William O. Douglas delivering the Court's decision, stated: "We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being."

But what are these institutions and why is it important to "presuppose a Supreme Being"?

Here are just three thoughts to ponder:

The first reason is RIGHTS.
The Declaration states "that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men" The founders believed that rights came from God and it was the
government's job to protect these rights. Their views were echoed by President John F. Kennedy in his Inaugural Address, 1961: "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." But if there is no God, then where do the rights come from except from the "generosity of the State." The State, then, becomes the new god. And what the State giveth, the State can taketh awayeth.
Instead of the government existing for the citizens' benefit, the citizens must now exist for the government's benefit. This was espoused by the German philosopher Hegel, who influenced Karl Marx and Hitler. Hegel did not believe in the existence of God. He thought the closest anyone could come to attaining "eternal life" was to create a government which would continue after their death. This is what Communism has taught - that citizens exist for the benefit of the State. This is a significant switch from our founders' belief that rights come from God and it is the government's job is to protect those rights.

The second reason is ACCOUNTABILITY.
Daniel Webster, who was the U.S. Secretary of State for three Presidents, was once asked what the greatest thought was that ever passed through his mind. He replied "My accountability to God." The President ends his oath with "So Help Me God" (Executive Branch); Congressmen and Senators end their oaths with "So Help Me God" (Legislative
Branch); and the courts of law had witnesses swear to tell the truth, the whole
truth and nothing but the truth - "So Help Me God" (Judicial Branch). Why did our founders acknowledge God in all three branches of government? The idea of an oath was to call a higher power to hold you accountable to perform what you said you would perform. For example - the framers of our government knew that politicians and
witnesses would have the opportunity to do dirty, backroom deals and twist the truth for their own benefit and never get caught. They thought, though, that if a politician or witness believed God existed and was watching him, it would cause that person to hesitate when presented with the temptation to do wrong. They would have a conscience. They would think "even if I get away with this unscrupulous action in this life, I will still have to be held accountable in the next." So, hopefully, that politician or witness would be kept honest by the thought of having to someday give an account to God. But if that same person did not believe in God and in a future state of rewards and punishments, then when they were presented with the temptation to do wrong and not get caught, they would give in. In fact, if there is no God, and this life is all there is, that person would be a fool not to take advantage of the selfish opportunity. This is what President Reagan meant when he said in 1984: "Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience."

William Linn, the first Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives,
elected unanimously on May 1, 1789, stated: "Let my neighbor once persuade
himself that there is no God, and he will soon pick my pocket, and break not only
my leg but my neck. If there be no God, there is no law, no future account;
government then is the ordinance of man only, and we cannot be subject for
conscience sake."

Indeed, from Bill Clinton to Enron, we have seen where this new morality
will take our country. The less internal moral code we have as a nation
results in the government passing more external legal code - and each new law takes
away another little piece of our freedom.

The third reason is EQUALITY.
All citizens being equal before God was the basis for the concept of
equality before the law and each person having an equal vote in elections.
Harry S Truman stated in his Inaugural Address "We believe that all men
are created equal, because they are created in the image of God."
But the logic follows, if there is no God - then men are not only not
"created," they are not "equal." As Darwin espoused, some are more evolved than

This leads to frightful consequences, as seen in the Dred Scott Case,
1856, which stated that slaves "had for more than a century before been regarded
as beings of an inferior far inferior, that they had no rights
which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and
lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit."

In the years prior to World War II, Margaret Sanger founded Planned
Parenthood and hired Nazi Party member Ernst Rudin as her advisor. In her book
"Pivot of Civilization" (1922), she called for "The elimination of 'human
weeds'...overrunning the human garden;...for the cessation of 'charity' because it
prolonged the lives of the unfit; for the segregation of 'morons, misfits, and
the maladjusted'; and for the sterilization of genetically inferior races."
She influenced Hitler to consider the German, or "Aryan," race as
"ubermenschen," supermen, being more advanced in the supposed progress of human
evolution. This resulted in the twisted conclusion that all other races, and in
particular the Jewish race, were less evolved and inferior, and needed to be
eliminated from the so-called "human gene pool."
Yes, there are frightful consequences if our country chooses to disregard
President Harry S Truman's statement: "We believe that all men are created
equal because we are created in the image of God."

Justice William O. Douglas stated in the U.S. Supreme Court case Zorach
v. Clauson (1952): "We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a
Supreme Being." The "institutions" which "presuppose a Supreme Being"
include: our RIGHTS coming from God, our ACCOUNTABILITY to God, and our EQUALITY
because we are each made in the image of God.
No one can sum it better than former President Ronald Reagan, who, on
August 23, 1984, in Dallas, Texas, stated: "Without God there is a coarsening of
the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure....If we
ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone


William J. Federer is a best-selling author and nationally known speaker. He
resides in St. Louis with his wife and four children. He is a U.S.
Congressional Candidate for Missouri's 3rd District. His website is
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Revelation 1:5-8
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
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