Okay, I got one of those dreaded forwarded emails this evening that says, “forward if you agree, if not delete.” The text it below.
Do you believe that the word God should stay in American culture?
NBC this morning had a poll on this question. They had the highest Number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls, and the Percentage was the same as this:
86% to keep the words, IN God We Trust and God in the Pledge of Allegiance 14% against
That is a pretty ‘commanding’ public response.
I was asked to send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn’t .
Now it is your turn . . It! is said that 86% of Americans believe the word God should stay.
Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having ‘In God We Trust’ on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Why is the world catering to this 14%?
If you agree, pass this on , if not, simply delete.
In God We Trust
Although I was told not to respond if I didn’t agree, I figured that if I was going to be put upon with other people’s opinions, I’d at least share mine back. After all, opinions is my business.
I firmly believe in the separation of church and state, even if that particular phrase is never mentioned in the Constitution. I think it’s fairly implied in the First Amendment. Moreover, “In God We Trust” wasn’t on our money when the founders were around. It was added in 1864 … and “under God” was added to the pledge in the 1950s.
Now, I’m sure I’m in the minority nationwide – as I am apparently in the NBC Poll – I wonder what the readers of this web site think … so, of course, I created a poll … at the top right of this blog.
One thought on “From the email …”
This is a very good topic that’s been on my brain for a long time as well. I’m a practicing Catholic, but I’m also a fairly reasonable person. I do agree references to “God” should be removed from anything involving the state or federal government. I don’t see a problem with it in the culture as America was (supposedly) founded in religious tolerance…even thought the writers of the Constitution were mostly Protestant Christians. But the church should be the church, and the state should be the state. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t pass laws that are ‘church-friendly’ (the stealing and killing ones in particular are keepers) but if we really are a nation that tolerates all religion, by putting God (with a capital G) it seems that we are catering to only one sect of the population. Maybe better would be “One nation, under a god”…or probably better yet, “one nation, indivisible…”