I just finished reading the article that you, Mr. Crisp, wrote in the April 12 edition of The Billings Outpost, “Tea Party ralliers still have high expectations.”
Several paragraphs into the article, you wrote, “In honor of my own Tea Party roots, I declined to join in the Pledge of Allegiance. My fundamentalist upbringing turned me against the Pledge when the words “under God” were added in 1954, which we viewed as a blasphemous attempt to enlist religion in a rote exercise aimed at promoting a secular cause.”
I must ask a question: If we aren’t one nation under God, than what are we? I would also like to add another quote: “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
Those words were declared by President Ronald Reagan on Aug. 23, 1984, and the warning is just as relevant today!
God has blessed this nation and the people living in this nation over and over again! A few of those blessings come to mind immediately: The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (GOD) with certain unalienable Rights.”
Our founders felt so strongly about including God in the process of writing a document to protect the people of this nation that God was included. Every state constitution includes God in the preamble. Sounds like God is pretty important.
If you choose not to participate in the Pledge, that’s your right as a free person. However, consider these statistics (from www.examiner.com/article /if-we-ever-forget-we-are-one-nation-under-god):
• 93 percent want “In God we Trust” to remain on coins and currency.
• 90 percent support keeping “under God” in the Pledge.
• 84 percent support references to God in schools, government buildings, and public settings.
• 82 percent support voluntary school prayer.
• 76 percent support Ten Commandments displays on public property.
Now, I have another question for you, Mr. Crisp. Does it bother you that “In God We Trust” is on your money? I’m sure you don’t turn down cash at any given time.
In closing, one of the problems in our nation today, that I have observed, is that far too many people have turned away from God. That really needs to change.