One Nation Under God

THE DISTRICT COURT RULING REGARDING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IS EXACTLY CORRECT. IF I MAY BE PRESUMPTUOUS, WE MUST CONSIDER THE WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDING FOREFATHERS AND JUST WHY DID THEY WANT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
THE ANSWER IS REALLY QUITE SIMPLE. THEY WERE FLEEING FROM RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION AND WERE NOT THAT FAR REMOVED FROM THE INQUISITION, THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS AND MANY OTHER EXAMPLES OF RELIGIOUS FANATICISM. THUS, THEY HAD THE GREAT WISDOM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE AVERAGE MAN ON THE STREET HAD A GREAT NEED FOR SURVIVAL AND SUBSEQUENTLY PAID PEOPLE TO STAND UP AND TELL TliEM THEY HAD A SOUL AND WOULD LIVE FOREVER. MANY RELIGIONS ALSO TEACH THAT THEIR ENEMIES WOULD WRITHE IN PERDITION. CONSIDER, IF YOU WILL, THE KAMIKAZE PILOTS OF WW11 AND THE RELIGIOUS FANATICS THAT DESTROYED THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS LAST SEPT. 11. PLEASE NOTE THAT I DID NOT CALL THEM TERRORISTS. I CALLED THEM WHAT THEY WERE. THE UNITED STATES RIGHT NOW DOES NOT WANT RELIGION TO GET A BAD RAP, AND APPARENTLY NEITHER DOES THE PRESS, SO WE CALL THEM THAT UBIQUITOUS, NON~RELIGIOUS TERM, WHICH I FIND DANGEROUS. YES, OUR FOREFATHERS AND MOTHERS KNEW OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION, OFTEN TOO PERSONALLY,AND THEY WERE EVER SO WISE IN KEEPING GOVERNMENT AND RELIGION SEPARATE. BLESS THEM FOR THEIR SANITY. THERE ARE MANY OF US ALIVE TODAY WHO REMEMBER THE COLD WAR AND THE McCarthy ERA. THE BATTLE CRY WAS, DOWN WITH THE GODLESS COMMUNISTS. IT IS OBVIOUS THEIR SYSTEM DID NOT WORK FOR MANY REASONS AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THREE SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING COMMUNISM. FIRST, LET US LOOK AT THEOCRACY, WHERE RELIGION AND THE GOVERNMENT ARE: ONE. IRAN AND IRAQ ARE THEOCRACIES. DO YOU SEE ANY RELIGIOUS FANATICISM THERE? WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE PATHOLOGY OF RELIGION AND ALWAYS, AND I DO MEAN ALWAYS, KEEP ALL RELIGION SEPARATE FROM OUR SECULAR GOVERNMENT. SECONDLY, LET US LOOK AT THE OPPOSITE, COMMUNISM. GODLESS COMMUNISM SET UP THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE OF ULTIMATE IMPORTANCE. THUS, BECAUSE COMMUNISM EMBRACED AN IDEALISTIC BUT UNREALISTIC ECONOMIC SYSTEM, IT FAILED FOR THE EXACT REASON THE GREAT DR. SIGMUND FREUD IDENTIFIED IN THE MIDDLE TWENTIES. "SOCIALISM WILL FAIL BECAUSE IT STIFLES THE INITIATIVE OF THE INDIVIDUAL." THUS, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR AND McCarthyism WE ESTABLISHED A KNEE JERK REACTION AND ADDED "UNDER GOD" IN OUR PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND "IN GOD WE TRUST"
ON OUR MONEY. THIS BRINGS US TO THAT THIRD AND I THINK OUR MOST GLORIOUS FORM OF GOVERNMENT, OUR EVER SO PRECIOUS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITHOUT GOING INTO GREAT DETAIL, IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT THE PASSIONS OF RELIGION CAN GO ASTRAY VERY EASILY AND SHOULD NEVER, AND I REPEAT, NEVER BE A PART OF OUR SECULAR GOVERNMENT. THUS, OUR WONDERFUL AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, THAT HAS NOT PLAYED OUT YET, HAS WORKED AT HONORING OUR FOREFATHERS AND KEPT RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT SEPARATE. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING THIS IS FOR OUR COUNTRY. HOWEVER, THE OUTCRY AGAINST THEDECISION BY THE FEDERAL COURT IN CALIFORNIA IS NOT THOUGHT THROUGH BY MOST. IT SEEMS MERELY AN IMPASSIONED RESPONSE THAT IS SHORTSIGHTED. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE TERM GOD CAN BE CONSIDERED GENERIC AND FITS MOST ALL RELIGIONS, NOT JUST THEABRAHAMIC ONES, SO IT IS NOT MERELY AN ENDORSEMENT OF A RELIGION, BUT ALSO THE INSANITIES OF THE HOLY JIHAD, BIN LADEN ETC. I CAST MY LOT WITH THE COURT IN CALIFORNIA THAT "UNDER GOD" IS AN ENDORSEMENT OF RELIGION AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ITS ORIGINAL FORM OR BE BANNED FROM THE AMERICAN FABRIC. WE MUST ALWAYS DISTANCE OURSELVES FROM RELIGION IN OUR GOVERNMENT. LET THE RELIGIOUS FANATICS PUT RELIGION RELIGION IN THEIR GOVERNMENTS. I PROMISE YOU THAT OF ALL THE THEOCRACIES OF THIS WORLD, NO COUNTRY
APPEALS TO ME MORE THAN OUR GOOD OLE U S OF A. LET US BE VIGILANT IN OUR
PRESERVATION OF THE INTENT AND WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDING FOREFATHERS. WE MUST ALWAYS KEEP RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT SEPARATE. VIVE LE AMERICA, ROSS SLOAN

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