Pledge Of Allegiance

Ninety-six percent of all Americans believe in a Supreme Being. Yet we allow a small, malicious minority to take away our rights to express our beliefs simply because they claim they are being humiliated when they exercise their right not to believe. Why do 96 percent of Americans not have the same rights as the four percent?

By Rick Scarborough

As George Washington prepared to enter private life at the conclusion of his valiant and storied career, he delivered his farewell address to the nation. In it he stated:

“In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The new politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is the security for prosperity, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in the courts of justice?


And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government…Can it not be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue.”

Since 1962, with the unprecedented ruling by the Supreme Court that the United States Constitution forbade prayer in the public schools, there has been an unrelenting assault on religion in America. The Courts of our land simply declared war on God. For a brief moment following September 11, there was a wonderfully affirming resurgence of national recognition that America needed God. Prayer and patriotism reappeared as the national psyche was terrorized and suddenly reminded that we needed His guidance and protection. I contributed an article to Whistleblower Magazine in December, along with Dr. James Dobson and other religious leaders acknowledging America’s dependence on God. My article was entitled Welcome Back, God which was intended to remind readers that, in fact, God had never left America, but rather we had left Him.


On June 22, 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2 to 1 decision, ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional. What’s next? The Declaration of Independence? The Court stated “a profession that we are a nation ‘under God’ is identical, for Establishment Clause purposes, to a profession that we are a nation ‘under Jesus,’ ‘under Vishnu,’ a nation ‘under Zeus,’ or a nation ‘under no God.’ ”


Judge Fernandez issued a dissent from the opinion that stated, “we will soon find ourselves prohibited from using our album of patriotic songs in many public settings. ‘God Bless America’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ will be gone for sure, and while use of the first and second stanza’s of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ will be permissible, we will be precluded from straying into the third. And currency beware.”


Polling data consistently reveals that 96% of the American people believe in a Supreme Being. The writings of our Founding Fathers make it clear that they believed in a Supreme Being. The justification for a revolution and a war with England for our independence was predicated by unalienable rights bestowed on all mankind by the Creator…nature’s God.


Americans need to be reminded that in this case the “Courts” are not to blame, but rather two appointed judges who have names and an agenda. Scripture states, “strike a scoffer and strife will cease.” When a man armed with a lifetime appointment, unaccountable to the electorate, chooses to rewrite the laws of the land counteracting the will of the people, in direct contradiction to the intent of our Founders, they should be removed. Impeachment proceedings should be initiated immediately. Now is the time for Pastors across America to “stand up, speak up and refuse to give up.” If we won’t stand for God, why should we expect Him to stand for us?


Mat Staver, legal authority and founder of Liberty Counsel stated, “The absurdity of this opinion is what mandates that it be overturned. There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about the phrase ‘under God’ in our pledge. To simply allow one person who is offended to overturn such a vital piece of our national heritage is an outrage…the Federal Court spit in the face of our veterans who shed their blood for the freedom we enjoy…the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the most reversed Court in the country by the Supreme Court. The decision will certainly be overturned.”


This case was initiated by Michael Newdow, a professed atheist. He argued that “his second grade daughter was injured by listening to other students recite the pledge of allegiance, even though she herself was not required to recite it.”


Well, millions of children have been harmed by a small minority of malicious and activist judges who have systematically created a secular state that is anti-religious and hostile to people of faith. While our children have not been forced to believe in evolution or deny that God exists, they have been injured by listening to lectures devoid of values that convinced them they are evolutionary species without Divine assistance and accountable to no one. Reared in society without God and therefore without hope, they now find themselves in a sea of immorality and growing lawlessness. Perhaps it is time for you and me to be outraged and defend our belief that God is and to demand that our judges reflect our values. 

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