The current fuss over “In God We Trust” on coinage and “under God” in the pledge of allegiance is interesting for what it hides as much as for what it fusses over. Honesty is not much involved.
The classical Liberals who founded the United States needed God to legalize their independence from England. Without Him, they remained no more than traitors to King George. Hence the Declaration of Independence cites God as the source of all authority rather than His Highness, George III.
Today’s Democrats prefer to forget that, for their present purposes. Nevertheless it is so. It was the eighteenth century Liberals response to the ancient Roman: “Who will govern the governors?”: God would govern the governors. It was His power, distributed through His people, that ultimately empowered government. Hence government was not supreme; the people were supreme. And so they retained the right stated in the Declaration of Independence to replace the government at need. Without that, the American Revolution would have been no more than an illegal rebellion.
Today’s Left must obfuscate that because it desires to claim supreme power for the State, not for the people. Never mind that the State is just some privileged people. Most of whom are or become rich, one might notice.
Remnants of God’s supremacy linger in the “In God We Trust” on money and in the “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, an addition at the middle of last century. Both have become targets of the Left.
That is important only for one reason: Would you prefer to be subservient to a government limited by the whims of its current politicians, or by one limited by unchanging commands of God? Either may at times be inconvenient for some, but Gods’ rules are widely disseminated and intended to resist change; politicians whims are like the breeze. Pick the one you prefer …
. After that decision, elect politicians accordingly. Then, live with the result, and watch your children follow your path.
For ourselves, regardless of any religious elements, we would rather live under the Commandments from Moses than under the whims of politicians. That way, we at least know what to expect.
Perhaps you disagree; feel free to state your case if so. We have much that we can learn …