Friday, September 06, 2013

"Under God" Under Attack With A New Tactic

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A family has filed suit hoping to delete the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.

This of course has become routine for those who seek to eliminate God from public life in America.

Generally these suits revolve around the argument based on a misrepresentation of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists.

Past cases have argued the words "under God" violated the Constitution's separation of church and state.

However, this suit is not claiming "violation of separation of church and state."

You likely know the words "under God" were added to the pledge in 1954 and have been under constant attack in recent years.

This case makes a different argument. And it bears watching.


The Massachusetts plaintiffs want to remain anonymous, but their lawyers are taking an unconventional approach---a new attack on challenging God.

They say the pledge, which students recite daily in public education, violates the state's equal rights laws because of the words "under God."

They are saying it's an "equal rights" issue rather than a separation of church and state issue---at least in their mind.

David Niose, former president of the American Humanist Association and the plaintiff's representative, opened his argument this week saying the pledge's use of "under God" violates the 'Equal Rights Amendment' of the Massachusetts Constitution and is an issue of discrimination."

Where do they think our rights come from? Are they unaware that in America we have rights because we claim them to be God given, not government bestowed?

If they refuse to believe our rights come from God as the Declaration declares, perhaps they have no rights, at least any that are sustainable.

Why are the mere words "under God" so offensive?

The anonymous family claim the pledge's repetitiveness in the public school system is indoctrination and alienating to atheists.

Niose says, "It validates believers as good patriots and it invalidates atheists as non-believers at best and unpatriotic at worst."

Another family in Acton-Boxborough, Mass. Regional School District has countered and filed a suit claiming they want their child reciting the pledge as it is presently written.

Eric Rassbach, with the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, has intervened on their behalf.

Rassbach says, "It would be terrible to enshrine in the law this kind of allergy to God that the plaintiffs have."

He also reminds the court that it has been illegal to force someone to recite the pledge since 1943.

A West Virginia case ruled that students could not be forced to salute the American flag or say the pledge in school.

This was considered a big win for Jehovah's Witnesses, who will not salute or make a pledge to symbols. Atheists applauded as well.

This case is now before the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The judges have heard the case and it's expected they will rule in about 6 months. They will rule on the basis of the briefs, there will be no testimonies.

Clearly Massachusetts is a very liberal, secular progressive state, not unlike Washington, Oregon and California. One would assume the philosophy of the Court would reflect the philosophy of the state.

Should the plaintiffs win this case on the basis of "Equal Rights" and "discrimination," atheists and secularists who want to remove God from public life will try to replicate this suit in states with similar laws.

That's why this case carries more importance than the others that are regularly filed.

Atheists in America are not an isolated minority. Although a very small minority, they are highly funded and work in harmony with one another in changing policy in the country.

The Secular Coalition for America runs a policy lobbying firm in Washington DC for the express purpose of influencing laws and policies to favor the secularist and atheist.

Earlier this year, the Washington Post ran an article about Pope Francis' pronouncement that "God has redeemed all of us...even atheists."

In the article, the Post published a map revealing where and in what number atheists live in the world. You will note that less than 4% of Americans are "convinced atheists" while 40-50% of China's population is atheist.

We have seen the damaging results of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's work, most recently their influence with the Pentagon and the undermining of religious freedom for our military personnel.

Josh McDowell told a group of parents, "The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not."

Lee Strobel agrees. He says, "The Internet has helped atheists and agnostics coalesce as never before."

So how should Christians respond? Share the message of the gospel with them as individuals as opportunities are presented.

Culturally and socially?

Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerfully. Be Blessed.



6 comments:

  1. No government system is perfect . But Our Constitution and way of government in the United States indeed has been beneficial to all walks of life . It has been been greatly inspired by the Judea Christian concept of free will , property rights , equality , being fair to foreigner and such .


    About 25 percent of the US Capital’s statuary incorporates a religious message . Including the the statue of Father Junipero Serra” The Apostle of California” holding a Cross in his hands as well as Marcus Witman , a missionary carrying a Bible in his hand . a 14 by 20 foot painting of the baptism of Pocahontas is located in Capital Grounds , as well as Pilgrims at prayer and Christopher Columbus holding a Cross while praying with his crew . A stained Glass Window showing Washington seeking divine guidance is in the Congressional Chapel . A line from Psalm 16.1 is etched into the stained Glass.

    “ In God we trust” is engraved in the Speakers rostrum . Moses is depicted in the House of Representatives . Our currency is engraved with the words “ In God We trust”

    If Our Founders put religious statues , symbols and paintings in our most sacred places of government , how could any reasonably conclude that our Constitution dictates they be removed from our classrooms , courthouses and other public places ?

    Mick From Kingston

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  2. I understand your concern, this is a brilliant approach and will probably work.

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  3. " the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not"

    In other words, you can't keep your kids in an information cocoon any more. They will seek knowledge and it will be easily available to them.

    God love the internet! Keep drawing your wagons in an ever smaller circle of hooey.

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    1. Yes , Neo Nazis and other Hate Groups have seen a rise since the internet according to The Law and Poverty Center . .

      Never have there been more Christians then today , never have more people been coming to the faith then today .

      The Internet allows for evil and good , shows for example those who attack Christians openly only on issues on separation of church and state basing an argument on the need to RESPECT all beliefs are the same ones on the internet promoting a hate attack on Christians .

      Please keep moving your wagons outward , Darkness is only exposed by Light.

      Thanks for your comments.

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    2. And superstitions are only exposed by knowledge.

      The internet IS a game changer. And a very good one at that.

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  4. It seems to me that some are openly saying that they are against God, and that their right to be against him requires all others to refrain from acknowledging him.

    It seems to me that some people think they have more rights than others.

    They can only be right with a knowledge of their maker.

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