One Nation Under God

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Let's not wait. Let's get started, right now, in drafting and passing a constitutional amendment which will uphold our right as Americans to have the words, "one Nation under God," included as an integral and essential part of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Let's end the legal bickering. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may or may not be legally correct in ruling that the words, "under God," violate the United States Constitution clause which bars the government from getting involved in religion.

But we don't need years of bickering and appeals to find out for sure.

What we do need is to acknowledge, once and for all, that the United States of America is a nation "under God."

That is not an infringement on individual Americans' right to believe as they choose. It is an expression of intention. It is a statement, for all the world to hear, that the United States of America -- as one nation, indivisible -- aspires to the greater good.

Consider the alternative. Can you fathom what it would be like if the opposing philosophy -- "one Nation under Godlessness" -- were made a part of the Pledge of Allegiance? It would be awful ... a desolate moral basis from which to pursue peaceful solutions to the world's problems.

Yes, this nation believes in religious freedom. Each individual citizen has the right to worship as he or she chooses. That right is precious. It must be preserved.

But, in doing so, it is not fair to tromp upon the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans. As we rise together to salute the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance, we are expressing our heart-felt desire that this nation pursue a course of peace and good will.

That's what we mean by "under God."

Don't take that right away from us. If we must, we, the people of the United States of America, will pass a constitutional amendment. That's how important the Pledge of Allegiance is to us.

Chills go up and down our spines and our hearts fill with pride as we recite the precious words. We want that feeling to continue ... not only for us...but for our children...and for our children's children.

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