Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A little late, but instructive

The US is neither a democracy nor a nation that can claim to be "under God."

Democracy: Nope. In many instances it is a Leviathan bureacracy that serves its own will, the public be damned.

"Under God": Please. An appointed minor apparachik doesn't want God to offend anyone, even the taxpayer and voter.

I say I'm late simply because pressure forced the Leviathan to withdraw. But you can bet that it has already recoiled, waiting to strike again.

Religious words such as God, Lord banned by Architect of the U.S. Capitol
Contact your congressman and senators today!

Dear ,

According to U.S. Representative Marilyn Musgrave, our nation’s legislators are now prohibited from using references to God in certificates of authenticity accompanying flags flown over the Capitol and bought by constituents. Such references include: "under God" in the pledge, "God bless you," or "in the year of our Lord, 2007." Never before has this official prohibition been leveled.

Architect of the Capitol Steven Ayers said he has removed the words because reference to God and the Lord may offend some Americans. He now prohibits them from being placed on official documents such as flag certificates.

Musgrave was astonished when she flew a flag over the U.S. Capitol building as a tribute to a senior citizen, and the accompanying certificate she received was edited with all religious references removed.

The congresswoman was more astounded when, upon further investigation, she discovered the certificate was censored by order of The Architect of the Capitol, an unelected very low-level official who manages the flag office.

Responding to a request for a flag flown over the United States Capitol in honor of a World War II veteran's 81st birthday, the congresswoman ordered the flag and a certificate to state: "This flag was flown for Mr. John Doe on the occasion of his 81st birthday, the eleventh day of July, in the year of our Lord, 2007. Thank you, Grandpa, for showing me what it is to be a true patriot -- to love God, family, and country. We love you!"

When the flag and certificate came back from the flag office, each reference to the Lord and God were removed. A group of lawmakers confronted architect Stephen Ayers seeking to find where he had the authority to restrict their freedom of speech and religious expression. Ayers refused to give the lawmakers a clear justification of his authority to delete the religious references. For more information: Capitol flag policy assailed (Washington Times).

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Send an e-mail to your representative and two senators. Ask them to put a stop to this nonsense. A low-level employee should not have the authority to ban the use of religious words.
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Anonymous said...

We will all be better off when people are free and religion is a choice.

"God" is not mentioned in the Constitution or Bill of Rights, just "freedom of Religion."

Why do Christians generally think it is OK to force the word "God" upon people. Do you really think that printing or inscribing the word "God" makes anyone better or safer?

And before you start throwing your bible at me you should know I go to church weekly, never miss, I read the bible, I pray daily, I know in my heart I am a good Christian but have never been moved to "save" anyone but myself. I dare I tell another human they are wrong for not feel religion, they need to find "God".

Jim Fedako said...

Anonymous clearly missed the point, and instead posted a diatribe against God.

The issue at hand: When government redacts words from private speech, that is censorship, plain and simple.

I will assume that you are for censorship as long as it keeps pesky Christians silent.

This post was meant to serve as a warning to Christians who still believe that the US is a nation under God. It isn't.

Anonymous said...

LMAO! Here we go again with the "God is not in Constitution"-thing.

As a technical matter, mention of "God" is not found in the Constitution because it was based largely on the Articles of Confederation, which has no mention of God. This was not by design nor neglect: the Articles are heavily state-centric, enumerating states' independence from the central government. In each, original state's constitution (and those of another two dozen states) you'll find God prominently mentioned.

Even though God is not mentioned explicitly in the Constitution it was implicit to the Framers that the hand of God touched everything they did.

The most laughable thing about your comment is the total lack of context: the very concept of secular evolution in 1787 is as anachronistic as claiming that there was a refrigerator in Constitution Hall when the document was signed. Both the refrigerator and Darwin's theory were born in 1842. Creationism was the order of the day, circa 1787, and the concept of secularism was unfathomable.

Nice try!