Neither the country nor God has failed

The things we believe the strongest in are the very things that often just are not true, like the inference in the picture on this post:

Our country was established

In God we trust.

Except that it wasn’t. God isn’t mentioned once in the U. S. Constitution.

Well, so what they say. It was founded by Christians upon Christian principles.

Except, that is not true either. While many shared the values of the basic Christian faith, many did not believe Jesus to be God and these values predate Christianity and Judaism and are present in just about every religion in existence.

Well, the Supreme Court has inscribed on its doors the Ten Commandments.  That should be enough.

Nope. The doors have the roman Numerals I through X, and the architect is on record as saying that these refer to the first ten amendments to the Constitution, not a Biblical source.

The phrase “In God we Trust,” was first found in the Star Spangled Banner, in the fourth verse, written in 1812, which I think was sometime after the founding.

Well, it’s on the money. You atheists want to remove God from our money. First, I don’t think God has ever cared much about money and the Bible is replete with the dangers of it, which are ignored in our country today. Nope.  First time was 1873.

Well. it’s our national motto.  Not originally and still not exclusively. The original was “E Pluribus Unum” (follow the link).  The use of “In God we Trust” as an alternate motto began in 1956 at the height of the cold war and was at least was partly motivated by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes atheism, and Western capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian, which is the reason “under God” was inserted into the pledge of allegiance.

And then In 2011 the House of Representatives passed a resolution reaffirming “In God we trust” as the official motto of the United States, in a 396-9 vote.

So, from the history, it appears that the longer the nation exists, the more God is inserted into the national culture, not the other way around.  Whether or not this is good is a matter of discussion and everyone has their own view on this.

Now to the last bit of the picture:

What failed? It wasn’t God.

This implies a failure of the country, and I just do not see it.  Sure, many who subscribe to this belief use Planned Parenthood, the rise of minorities, and other religions, and other nefarious things, all culminating in the election and reelection of Barack Obama as proof of failure.

First, if this is true, it is not God’s failing, it is a failing of the people, because last I checked, God doesn’t cast any ballots.

But, it just ain’t true.  This country is more open and loving of all, more in line with the example of Christ than at any point in its history. We welcome the stranger, we feed the hungry, clothe the naked and heal the sick. Our treatment of those different from “us” is better than at any time in the past.

But we are being overrun my illegal immigrants who are leeching on society.  Well, most are working and contributing to society, either through payroll tax deductions or at the very least through sales taxes. And this sentiment is nothing new anyway.  There has always been a streak of xenophobia in this country: the Italians, the Irish, the Catholics, the Poles, the Chinese and Japanese, and now, the illegal Mexicans and every single Muslim will destroy the fabric of our culture.

Doubtful. More likely, it will be enriched. Just look at food if nothing else.  Sushi now is almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks and when I was little, no one on the mainland ever thought much of it (I lived in Hawaii for four years, so I had).

We are more open and accepting, more willing to allow others their space. I was taught that another person’s rights extend to the end of my nose, meaning, so long as what you do does not affect me, I have no right to comment on what it is you do. Most of us believe that, I think, even though there is a minority of the Republican Party that feels otherwise.

We need to treat Muslims better, and we will, given time.

This country is a great melting pot,  That has been its strength through time. It is more mixed now than ever and more able to change with the people.

You may say I believe this because I am an Obamanite, that I hate God and Christianity and probably all mores of our society. Not true.

Obama’s re-election proves the country’s strength and the election of  Romney also would have proven this because both would have been the will of the people and the marvel of our society is that these decisions are made peacefully.

The other implication of this sign is that Christians are somehow being persecuted in this country.  If so, I do not see it, the church seems to be doing pretty well. No one being fed to lions lately, best as I can tell.

This country is stronger now than ever.  Yes, there are problems, but as Bill Clinton said, there is nothing wrong with America than cannot be fixed by what is right with America.

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