Originally Posted by dragonslayerI am sorry but the phrase under God did not have anything to do with the founding fathers. It came into the pledge in 1949 right after the Second World War. A little history lesson, is what you need. Remember the year was was 1789 not 2005. 1: Our founding fathers and their immediate ancestors in Europe had just experienced over five hundred years of Religious wars. Protestant against catholic, protestant against protestant. Some of them had been very bloody. Even in 178o, religious strife and conflict was still going on in Europe. Blood ran freely in Europe. Religion was a major killer. Almost as bad as the plague in some counties. 2: Many of our founding fathers, including three of four of our first president were 33rd degree Masons. The Masonic Lodge was very big in America, and Europe at this time. Many of the leaders of our colonies were Masons.
Oh yes our leaders were for the most part Chriistian by tradition and practice, and they expected the Nation to be Christian. Yet they did not want to have the united States experience the Reiligious wars of Europe, the political wars, of Europe. Some of this conflict had started in the united States under the Articles of Confederation. Some of our former colonies had State Religions. So at the Constitutional Convention, a constitution that created a unified federation, created with a National government dominant over the states was adopted,,, not without some hard opposition from Virginia and some other states. They did this on pupose, to prevent civil and religious discord. They created the Bill Of Rights, to prevent the civil and religious wars, death, and strife of Europe from happening in the United States. They demanded Freedom of Speech, and got it. They demanded freedom of religion, no matter what the religion, to be part of America. Later Courts in 1820 first interpreted that Freedom of Religion also meant freedom from Religion too. Choice--- the right to choose to belong to not belong to any reliigion, Christian, pagan, Islamic, Jewish and have the protection of the Law even if the Judge or sheriff was a Christian.
In 1949, the debate in Congress that created, Under God, in the Pledge of Allegiance, made it's decision more in keeping with Tradition, rather than a religious preference. The Pledge give allegiance to the United States not to a religion. In 1957, when we put IN God We Trust, on the Silver ceritificate One Dollar bill. It was the tradition, not the religion.
I personally don't care, one way or the other, about Under God being in the pledge, or In God We Trust on our paper money.. I am a Christian, but the Pledge or our paper money have nothing to do with my faith in Jesus.
I am definitely a Christian and Bush is the worse president in our history and he is destroying America, and our constitution. I don't support any of those on the fascist right wing. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Leaders of Congress, and the new Chief Justice. They are against the American People.
1953 was the year they amended the pledge.
I won't bother to get into the rest of your conspiracy theory ramble.