Is God Illegal?
The United States of America was founded by men who deeply respected God and employed Godly principle to ensure that the newly emerging country would have an enduring stability for countless centuries to come. But today, there are many who fail to understand the proper relationship between government and religious beliefs. These types seek to squash any such association not realizing the ramifications of their actions. This article will address the subject of church and state and what role both have in keeping the United States of America the greatest country on the face of the earth. It will also cite specific examples where those who wish to practice their religion freely are finding laws prohibiting them from doing so. In a country proclaiming to have religious freedom, more and more often, laws are seemingly attempting to squash religion all together.
The proper balance of church and state.
There is a separation of church and state for the practical, day by day operation of the government and for good reason too. One of the biggest reason for having such a separation is a lesson we learned from history. There have been, in times past where religious leaders also ruled a country. The people did not have the freedom to worship God as they saw fit and were forced to adopt a religion that they did not genuinely believe in. For example, if someone did not swear their allegiance to a particular denomination, they were not allowed to buy food, clothes or even live in a city.
But that does not mean that a form of government can not or should not have any ties to fundamental religious principle. The whole purpose of founding a system of government on Godly precepts is to establish it's integrity and ensure the soundness of its form. One of our great forefathers, Thomas Jefferson wrote...
"Religion, as well as reason, confirms the soundness of those principles on which our government has been founded and its rights asserted."
--Thomas Jefferson to P. H. Wendover, 1815. ME 14:283
Without founding the civil rule of law on Godly principle, how in the world are you going to be able to justify writing a law that makes murder an illegal act? Religious principle tells us that murder is bad, life is good, peace is good, stealing is bad, freedom is good, enslavement is bad and so on.
At the formation of the United States, the system of government that was set in place was designed to ensure the continual freedom of the people and to forever prevent the loss of those freedoms. With a knowledge of past governments in history and knowing what went wrong in protecting these past people's freedoms, very specific key factors were embedded into the new government of the United States by our forefathers to remove the possibility of a dictator controlling the country at some point in the future. Everyone in the United States likes talking about freedom but not everyone likes to recognize that freedom is a Godly precept. Thomas Jefferson also wrote...
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
--Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:315
How do we know that freedom is good? Again, freedom is a Godly precept and that fact establishes, lends credibility or confirms for us that freedom is a good thing. Now, I realize that some leaders of this country have not always practiced this concept but it's still a valid belief and freedom is worth fighting for. Here's another quote from Thomas Jefferson.
"The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."
--Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774. ME 1:211, Papers 1:135
The Pledge of Allegiance Controversy.
So, we've established that there is a harmony that must exist between church and state in order for the law of the land to have any credibility whatsoever. So why is there such a controversy over the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance? Then, for those who are actually going to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, what logical reason is there for not including the words "under God" where they've been placed? Is there a violation of the church/state separation concept? Why does it bother some people so much to include "under God"? This section will explore this subject and answer these questions.
Let's begin by taking a look at the "Pledge of Allegiance".
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands, one Nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Let's get a good running start at this subject. Why do we even say the Pledge of Allegiance? It started out with the melting pot concept in early America. The United States was formed by many people of many different nations all coming together (as though in one big melting pot) to live the dream of freedom. But, there need to be a practical way to remind all these people that they are not in their old countries anymore. You can't have a UNITED group of states made up of a thousand different groups of people who remain allegiant, each to their former countries. Freedom isn't free. It cost our forefather great risk to their personal safety and many lost their lives by signing our Declaration of Independence. Freedom in the United States, to this day, continues to cost the lives of Americans as they continue to defend our country. Defending this country takes a commitment and dedication that would not be possible if we all retained a primary allegiance to the countries of our ancestors. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools growing up teaches us that it is right to have allegiance to this country and unifies us as a nation. This is why it is critically important that children recite the Pledge of Allegiance in their schools.
What logical reason could there possibly be for not including the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance?
Let's examine some reasons why not.
a.) You believe that saying "under God" violates the practice of separating church and state. No it doesn't. In the first section of this article, we already examined that this country's system of law was based on religious precepts and that there is to be a proper balance between church and state. You can't have a United States without both factors functioning in their proper capacities. Including the words "under God" recognizes the religious precepts that this country was founded upon and does not violate the practice of separating church and state.
b.) You are a member of a certain religion and you somehow believe that saying "under God" violates your religious beliefs or that perhaps you think you'll be inadvertently offering allegiance to a different religion. Not a good reason to refrain from saying "under God". The phrase "under God" by itself does not make any specific reference to any particular God. It just states "under God". If you have any religious beliefs at all, how could saying "under God" violate them? Then, who cares if you're a member of the Jewish, Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons or any other denomination? Saying the words "under God" do not have any indication as to which religion you belong and can be spoken by anyone of any religion. Therefore, you do not have a good reason for deleting the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
c.) You don't believe that God exists and therefore you do not want to say "under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance. If you really don't believe that God exists, why do you care if you say "under God" or not? It shouldn't bother you to say it if you genuinely don't believe God exists. Furthermore, since this country was founded on Godly precepts, you are selfish and egotistical if you think that all those people who do believe that God exists should be required to stop saying "under God" just because little ol' you wants to whine about having to say it.
d.) You do believe that God exists and you genuinely hate God. This might actually be the only valid reason you would have for wanting to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. People like you are the kind of people who attempt to outlaw anything that resembles wholesomeness or Godliness. Myself and about a zillion God respecting individuals would (or should) oppose your efforts and expose you for the God rejecting unbeliever you are.
Is God being outlawed?
Let's look at some examples and then you tell me.
California judges recently reject the freedom of speech saying that it is illegal to speak the words "under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance. For that matter, some places have banned the Pledge of Allegiance all together in an apparent attempt to weaken the country.
Sex education is banned in high schools but homosexuality is required learning in many elementary schools. WTF!! Male and female homosexuality is now and has always been religious subject matter. That subject is mentioned hundreds of times throughout the old and new testaments of the bible. Why is it okay to teach homosexuality to very young children and not okay to teach heterosexual, human reproduction to the more mature children in high school?
In the days of the old testament, the crime of rape was punishable by death. (Side note: The actual correct translation of that famous old testament commandment is "Thou shalt not murder" instead of Thou shalt not kill. The difference between murder and kill is one of justification. Murder is the unjustified killing of a human being where to kill is justified under certain circumstances. ie in the lawful performance of duty by a soldier or police officer.) Today, if convicted, a rapist will receive a maximum of 6 to 7 years in prison. Today, criminals are more of a protected species than the American Bald Eagle. Victims have few rights.
The bible advocates that spanking your own child that strays from obedience is correct. (This is not to be confused with the beating of as child so as to cause excessive pain or bodily injury which requires medical attention.) The bible says that you hate your child if you don't spank him/her. Today, any parent who wants to obey the bible on this subject is in jeopardy of being arrested and charged with battery.
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Keeping a gun around your house to protect your stuff is a good idea if you believe what the bible has to say yet you'll find a lot of places in this country where the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution have been thrown out the window. Places like Washington D.C. and New York City.
Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
I'm sure that I could think of more examples that I could add to this later but for now, I'll go ahead and wrap things up.
This article began by asking the question "Is God illegal?. I think the answer is rather obvious. Yes, to a certain degree. God is not completely illegal but certainly being outlawed slowly over time. Things that are Godly are being outlawed and sin is being legalized, licensed and taxed. Who is behind this movement? Not those who don't believe in God but rather, those who do believe in God and hate him.
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