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`One nation under God’ is fact, not opinion

Dear Editor

Regarding the recent high court decision:

In America, in Western society, we have the option of religion, as religion. This is an artificial luxury implicit in a society under God. This being so, it allows the concept of “god” to be tossed about by people becoming intellectuals. It falls into the category of whether a tree falling in a deserted forest makes a sound, or the sound of one hand clapping.

The phrase, “one nation under God,” does not say the only nation, but a single nation, under a single god. “One nation under God” is a statement of fact, c.1954, not opinion. It reflects on our founders and reminds us of our identity. Learn some respect; fill in the blank, people.

This begs the question: is there a nation founded outside the framework of a god? Dare say not! Never in history! Such denials are the claims of a government that has put itself in the place of god. God is the state. The other extreme is that religious orders run the state.

Extremes should be avoided. Leave the intellectuals to their muses and medicine men and priests to their practices. “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” gives us the power to govern fairly and administer justice.

Under God, children will be protected from exploitation, even from wayward priests. Under God, all will have the luxury of abandoning God. But this is only under God.

Beyond the liberty to toss around concepts, we have idolaters in golden ghettos worshipping at the purple throne. It’s these old mossies who are prepared to gloat and preach. That would be a nanometer deep and run to eternity.

The next big thought is whether God is male or female. Maybe then, we will know what the sound of one hand clapping is.


Fred Stewart

Glenwood Springs

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