Why "Under God"
Why "Under God"?
By William J. Federer
We continually read how the ACLU, Americans United for the Separation
Church and State, and similar groups, want "under God"
taken out of the Pledge
of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments removed from Court Room walls,
of schools, teachers fired for wearing a cross necklaces, etc.
They state they simply want our government to be neutral in regards
"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
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
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
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
government then is the ordinance of man only, and we cannot be
Indeed, from Bill Clinton to Enron, we have seen where this new
will take our country. The less internal moral code we have as
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
equality before the law and each person having an equal vote in
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
"created," they are not "equal." As Darwin
espoused, some are more evolved than
This leads to frightful consequences, as seen in the Dred Scott
1856, which stated that slaves "had for more than a century
before been regarded
as beings of an inferior order...so far inferior, that they had
which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might
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,
the maladjusted'; and for the sterilization of genetically inferior
She influenced Hitler to consider the German, or "Aryan,"
"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
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
v. Clauson (1952): "We are a religious people and our institutions
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,
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
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
resides in St. Louis with his wife and four children. He is a
Congressional Candidate for Missouri's 3rd District. His website
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