The full quotation from our Declaration of Independence should be familiar to every American:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
It is a very good thing that our founders were made of sterner stuff than a certain judge in California. Idiot is not too strong a word for a supposed American who refutes our foundation as a nation under God. Literally, in this instance, where the words, “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance are attacked (from the Washington Post story):
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge’s reference to “one nation under God” violates children’s right to be “free from a coercive requirement to affirm God.”
Well, it should go without saying that to “affirm God” is merely to affirm being an American. But then you’d have to be an American, and know something about what our nation was founded upon: the Rock that is God Almighty.
The affirmation that we are, in fact, “one nation under God” is to simply acknowledge something that is true. The statement establishes no religion; we’re not all going to have to go become Episcopalians or Methodists. Those who think they do not believe in God are free to continue in their mistaken disbelief.
To deny this is to deny the rights that are ours by virtue of our very humanity. Rights that are not granted by any government. Rights that flow from God, to us, and thence to our governments. Not the other way around.
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