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I can’t just keep my mouth shut.  It’s a fault, I know.  But when I see things like the ever-present Facebook status message carpet bomb campaigns, I have to take a stand, and fire back.  Not because I really think the Internet is the forum to debate such things, but because I like using the media of my opposition against them.

So the most recent thing that has my hackles up is the ongoing preaching of America being a Christian Nation, and that the omission of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance is somehow un-American.  I want to preface my following comments with this: I am a faithful and devout man to my beliefs, which I can honestly say hold much in common with Christ’s teachings.  I have studied a number of other religions, and find beauty in them all.  So understand, this is not coming from what some in our nation would call a “Godless Atheist.”  With that, aside, I continue.

Stuff it.  America was not ever founded as a Christian Nation.  Most of our forefathers were not even Christian; they were Deists.  For those of you that do not know, Deism is a faith system that holds that a divine supreme being created all that is, and does not take a hand in its turning.  They, in fact, see religion as a falsification of fact that can be perceived and quantified.  They were not Christians.  Not even remotely.

If you want some more proof, the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, one of the very first documents signed into being by the U.S. Senate, states very plainly in Article 11:

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

Let’s go back there to the first line… “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”  Did you see that there?  This was penned by Joel Barlow, an American Diplomat.  That’s right folks… 21 years after our Declaration of Independence, when our nation was legally old enough to drink by our laws, it was stated yet again that we are not a Christian nation.  So for those of you that say American is one, I say you are full of it.

Now, as to the Pledge of Allegiance…

It was not even written until 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and Christian Socialist (that’s right people, socialist) as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus finding the New World.  And it read like this:

“I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

The word to would be added before the republic before being popularized, and it stayed this way until 1923.  In 1923, the flag was described as the flag of the United States of America.  It wasn’t until 1954 when the words under God were even added to the pledge.  It was signed into being on the push of Eisenhower, a newly baptized Presbyterian, who had heard the suggestion made by a Presbyterian minister.  Conflict of interest, maybe?

Here is my point.  The pledge was never written to include the phrase under God. Never written that way.  It was changed to read that over 60 years after it was originally penned.  How about that?

Now, understand that I abhor the modern Politically Correct crap with a hatred I usually reserve for discount sushi.  But I also hate people getting facts wrong, and then basing arguments on those incorrect facts.  You cannot build a house on a bad foundation, and expect it to last.  You cannot do it.  An argument is the exact same.  You cannot base your argument on incorrect facts.

There is no reason at all for the words Under God to be in the Pledge, other than that Eisenhower was influenced to do so.  And our nation was never meant to be a “Christian” one.  It was meant to be a haven for those that were denied their freedoms in other lands to come and be a part of a new land, a grand experiment of freedom and cooperation.  We are a land of Christians and Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists; we are a country of all who sought a new life in a land where we could find equality and acceptance.

And don’t you DARE call me un-American for saying these things.  Don’t you DARE.  My freedom of speech is protected in this country, and all I am doing is presenting the facts.  I love this nation, but I love her for what she is meant to be, not what she can be turned into.  So if you want to be a real patriot, stand with me and fight with the correct facts, for the right things, instead of taking up a pop culture sentiment and running with it.

I hope God, no matter which religion it is the God of, does bless our country and all of us.  Because most of our dumb asses need it desperately.


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