Yesterday as patriotic Americans celebrated Independence Day, recalling the 56 brave men who affixed their signatures to our Declaration of Independence — a document acknowledging “God” and our “Creator” in the first two sentences, others thought it an appropriate occasion to run a full page newspaper ad belittling God.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) bought ads in national publications urging readers to “Celebrate Our Godless Constitution.” The group is a member of the Atheist Alliance International, and solicits donations — presumably to further their effort to “keep religion out of government.”
The cash-strapped Arizona Republic either thought this was a worthy effort, or its desperation deemed such ill-timed trash acceptable.
Although the group’s motto states “In Reason We Trust,” reasonable people would acknowledge that our government began with the recognition of a Supreme being. The Judeo-Christian heritage carries on. Congress opens with a prayer. The frieze on the U.S. Supreme Court building depicts Moses carrying the Ten Commandments. Our currency bears the words, “In God We Trust.” And since President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law in 1954, our Pledge of Allegiance addresses “one nation under God.”
Yet like petulant children in the throes of a temper tantrum, the FFRF attempt to bolster their case with quotes from our nation’s founders: Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison — the revolutionaries who either crafted, signed or fought for the powerful documents invoking God‘s blessings on our fledgling nation. .
The FFRF site even includes a DeBaptismal Certificate,” available for a price, of course, allowing the renunciation of religion “imposed on you as a helpless babe in swaddling clothes.”
Such drama. God help us.