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January 20, 2005

I know that the "under God" phrase was added to Pledge of Allegiance, but I consider it a change that seems right. Perhaps that is because I've been raised with the modification, but I'm a firm believer in the idea that there has been divine help and guidance in the development of the USA.In President Bush's inaugurational speech this morning, readable and viewable here, Bush made a number of God-oriented comments. The one that I found most interesting is as follows:
"From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth."I find it interesting because on one hand it seems taboo, given all the opposition to references to God in the media lately, but also because, like the modified Pledge, it feels right. The above phrase used by Bush is one that I truly believe. Yes, it is a religious phrase, but again, I believe there was divine intervention in the founding of this country and I believe God wants to be involved in the principles of freedom and truth and light. He wants to be involved in a nation he aided with. I find it refreshing that Bush references something that was widely believed by many in the past but has now become, as I mentioned, taboo.Many will say that's all fine for me; I can believe what I want, but that doesn't mean I can press my beliefs upon the rest of the country. My response is that I'm not (nor would be possible of) pressing my beliefs on others. Upon that I would add that I'm grateful that the leaders of this country recognize the dependence upon a greater being than themselves.

Posted by charr at 3:46 PM
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