NVDAILY.COM | Opinion
Posted September 14, 2012 | 18 Comments
Letter to the Editor: Don't remove 'under God' from personal, civic lives
Gene Rigelon should study the Constitution before he inaccurately quotes it. In a guest column in the Northern Virginia Daily on Aug. 29, Rigelon discussed the constitutionally guaranteed right to "...separation of church and state." Please, tell us where in the Constitution or First Amendment we can find that phrase? The phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear in the Constitution or the First Amendment. The First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
For me, that means if Catholics don't want contraceptives forced upon them, the government should not do so. If a memorial to soldiers killed during WWI is in the shape of a cross and is on federal land, the government shouldn't force its removal.
Also, I hope you are not among liberals protesting the phrase "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance under the guise of separation of church and state. If they are protesting to prove they can; point acknowledged. If they are protesting to prove their children have the right not to say "under God," then my children have the right to say it.
Actually, the phrase was added to highlight America's exceptionalism. According to Wikipedia, on Feb. 7, 1954, some American presidents honored Lincoln's birthday by attending services at the church Lincoln attended. The church's pastor delivered a sermon based on the Gettysburg Address. He argued the nation's might lay not in arms but in its spirit and higher purpose. He cited Lincoln's words "under God" as defining words that set the United States apart from other nations.
President Eisenhower acted on the pastor's suggestion. Congress passed legislation and he signed the bill with the phrase "under God" into law June 14, 1954.
Fred Hughes, Woodstock