Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - Apache Junction, Arizona, USA
THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND IN GOD WE TRUST
The dollar bill proclaims, "In God We Trust." But don't forget the "All Seeing Eye" pictured on the obverse side. Right wing conservatives point out that our country was founded on the strong personal religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers, men like Washington, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Paine, and Lincoln. While these men may have believed in a higher power, they certainly did not believe that religious ideology had any place in our Government. Consider the following quotes:
George Washington: "The United States should have a foundation free from the influence of Clergy."
Ben Franklin: "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
John Adams: "The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."
Alexander Hamilton: "No legislative act, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid."
Thomas Jefferson: "History furnishes no example of a priest ridden people maintaining a free civil government. Their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose."
James Madison: "And I have no doubt that every example will succeed in showing that religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."
Thomas Pain: "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of."
Abe Lincoln: "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession."
Our founders understood that there MUST be separation between church and state because religion always accepts some and rejects others. Jefferson wrote, "Millions of innocent men, woman and children since the introduction of Christianity have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."
Truth is, neither YOUR God nor MY God nor ANYONE ELSE'S God has a say in the government of America. That issue was settled in 1776, it's been supported by the Supreme Court, and what I've said was true then and it's STILL true today. So keep your God out of our Government. That's right. I'm an American. I could be asked someday to die for the country that I love. Don't expect me to live without the same human rights that you enjoy. If you believe I should, how can you call yourself an American?
©2003 Marcia Ellen "Happy" Beevre
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