Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Under God


The Oneonta Daily Star published the following letter submitted by Orlo Burch.
“I have struggled with the presidential election results.  For the life of me, I cannot understand how the Evangelicals or so-called ‘Religious Right’ voted for Trump.  By a lifetime of actions and words, he represents the opposite of all moral and religious values most of us hold dear.  The Evangelicals and the gun-carrying president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Jr., have been among Trump’s most outspoken and dedicated supporters. 
“What I have come to terms with is that the ‘Religious Right’ in our country are so focused on ending the progress made in women’s reproductive rights and marriage equality along with other progress, that they would sell their souls and make a pact with the devil in an effort to get conservatives appointed to the Supreme Court to reverse our progress.
“They did this without a thought or consideration about the rest of us.  As a result, we now have a man about to become our leader and sitting in the most powerful position in the world who has stated, ‘You can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect’ and ‘When somebody screws you, screw them back in spades … I always get even.’
“God help us all!”
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I’m an agnostic secularist, who supports the idea, that our government and religion should be totally separate.  Unquestionably, various religions provide a great deal of comfort throughout the world.  However, righteous Republican hypocrites have been undermining our secularist Constitution for over 50 years.   
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy a Baptist minister in 1892.  But, in 1954, Congress added the words, “under God” after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, hence the pledge became both a patriotic oath and a public prayer.

Undermining the separation of church and state doctrine reached a peak in the 1950's, when President Eisenhower inaugurated the prayer breakfast.  Congress created a prayer room in the Capital and added the words "In God we Trust" to all paper money.  E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many One) was considered our motto, until 1956 when Congress passed an act adopting “In God we trust” as the official motto.

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