As everyone knows, I am far from being one of the church going folks. I have my own thoughts on spirituality, creation and the rest of that lot and am quite content with those thoughts. However, I also love my country a great deal, as before I will state; love of my country does not need to translate into love of government, the people in it or the majority of the people that live in this country.
Over the last couple of decades there has been a movement afoot to remove the phrase “One nation under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and the words “In God We Trust” from our currency. Now, I really need to ask why? Is it really that big a deal to some people? Do they have any idea of how much money it would cost to affect these changes? Now, why there is some debate around recently about whether or not the founding fathers were actually Christians, there is really no doubt that until the last 60 years or so, this was a country very deeply founded in religious beliefs. Those religious beliefs, whether you choose to admit it or not, had a deep impact on decisions made by the country and the directions that the country went in. And yes, I am well aware that the phrase “One nation under God” was not originally written into the Pledge, it was added in the 1950’s, but again, that was at a different time and mentality for our country.
Now, if you want to take these phrases out for some misconstrued idea of Separation of Church and State that is all fine and good, however, you cannot have it both ways. We are also going to have to take any mention of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas out of the public domain; that means schools, calendars, TVs, etc. You are gonna have to stop the various curse phrases that have one form or another of the term God in them. See how ridiculous this can easily get?
Now, as I said and still stand by, I am not a Christian or a bible beater by any means, I believe in simple common sense. I am a traditionalist, but only in the aspect of respecting the traditions that have gone before, not saying that we have to continue on with them in the current day. I live my life by my own ideals and thoughts, as anyone should. We should not be influenced by anything but our own decisions and thoughts. Looking at the world for ourselves, examining the information that is out there and coming to our own conclusions about it all. Faith is a good thing, I will not discount it at all. However, basing your entire belief system on faith is a rather foolish concept.
Getting back on topic, holding true to the origins and roots of our nation is not a bad thing, it helps to show where we have come from, how we have grown. We are so worried about one minor thing offending us that we tend to forget about its far reaching implications. (Forest for the trees?)