Secular forces in America have sought to divorce our nation from God. When Nancy Pelosi unveiled a multi-million dollar Congressional Museum, the nation’s motto read ‘E Pluribus Unum’. While this slogan appeared on the Great Seal and on coins, the United States did not have an official motto until 1956 when 36 U.S.C. § 302 codified ‘In God We Trust’ as our motto. For the past fifty-four years, humanists, socialists, and atheists have sought to reverse this sentiment.
Last week, patriotic, God-fearing Americans won another victory. The 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that "’One nation, under God” does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Bill of Rights. This clause, an article of the First Amendment, mandates that the United States will not impose a state religion on the citizens. Unfortunately, it has been interpreted as a ‘wall of separation’ between faith and politics. Nothing can be further from the truth. And the Court affirmed this sentiment, reversing a secular trend.
“Among the ‘self-evident truths’ the Framers believed was the concept that all people are entitled to certain inalienable rights given to them by the ‘Laws of Nature and Nature’s God’ and that the purpose of government should be to “secure those rights.”
The Knights of Columbus fought to have this added to the Pledge in the Fifties. It is gratifying that the Knights, assisted by the Beckett Fund prevailed in this hostile environment.
When one considers the odds against that small band of patriots who fought for independence against the most powerful nation in the world, one must conclude that God truly was with the United States. Let’s hope that this is but the first of many such victories.