One Nation Under God?

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One Nation under God, or not?

Stephanie Woodcock

ANT 101

Ms. Gabrielli

July 25, 2010

From the early 1800’s the Pledge of Allegiance was the foundation of American culture and represented what the America stood for. It was part of the daily routine in classrooms across America as normal as lunch and recess. In today’s society, the foundation of the United States has been lost and the culture has become worried with everyone’s feelings and being politically correct. It has become a national debate as to whether we take the phrase “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance is the foundation of this great country that symbolizes the American culture. The very thing that made this a great country was that the population was united as one nation “under God” and not constantly challenging the very thing that really gave the complainers a right to speak. It was not the intentions of our founding fathers, who were Christian men, for those to use the freedom of speech as a way and means to tear down the foundation they built up for us. Should the phrase “under God” be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance in the United States of America? What is American culture and is the United States of America one nation or has it become a nation where they publicly persecute those who choose to continue to follow their founding fathers traditions and intentions for this great nation? It has been summarized what the founding fathers intentions were and as a country battles over what they think that the original founders had intended for the nation as they laid out the constitution. Thomas Jefferson, one of our founding fathers, explains what his intentions were when establishing the culture of American. In a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to Judge William Johnson back in 1823, Jefferson stated, “On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable on which it was passed.” Letters from Thomas Jefferson to Judge William Johnson, The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan 1900) pp. 3-12. Stable URL: Thomas Jefferson was stating, what we wrote is exactly what we meant and they wrote “One nation Under God.” Those that take a stand for removing the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance argue that the founding fathers were not even Christian men. To the contrary, you can find numerous quotes and writings of our founding fathers, where they refer to their religion, faith and convictions of the Lord our God. The first president of our country demonstrated his faith in God on numerous occasions. He understood that God, by His gracious will, had allowed this new nation to be established as the greatest citadel of religious freedom in the world. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, George Washington said, "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favors." (2) President Washington was not calling the country to adopt a particular religion, but rather to acknowledge that there is a Supreme Being who is sovereign over His creation. God grants common grace to nations, and His benefits are immense to our nation. Is God a part of US History? ACLJ, (2010) Is American culture to be a Christian culture or rather a culture of people with all their different beliefs but that still continue to gather together as Americans full of pride and patriotism? Not everyone in the United States is of the Christian faith or even believes that there is a God and many take that stand that the Pledge of Allegiance is offensive because it goes against their...
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