Why does the mention of God anger so many people?


By: Richard H. Frank

The Libertyssong blog has been posted for approximately five months and for the most part has received constructive favorable comments from the readers. The glaring exception is for our posts that examine the Founders fervent belief in a creator as having established “Natural Law” as the basis for the unalienable Rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. Secular progressives have distorted the meaning of the Constitution’s First Amendment in such a way as to deny the documented beliefs of the Founders. They have replaced it with a doctrine that religion and the state cannot be acknowledged within the same physical space in the universe, nor upon any document residing in a public institution. I know that this description of what they believe is extreme, but no more extreme than their assertion that the phrase “In God We Trust” is direct contradiction to the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The Constitution allows all Americans the right to practice, or not to practice, any religion of their choice. It only prohibits the establishment of a Federal Government religion. In fact, unless prohibited by a State’s Constitution, that State could establish its own religion. Government, Federal or State, cannot mandate any citizen to recognize or practice any religion. The First Amendment also prohibits the Federal Government from interfering with the free exercise of any religion.  The Constitution is silent with regard to acknowledging and recognizing the Founders’ beliefs and therefore those that would cite the First Amendment as the authority to remove any reference to God from the public square are misinformed.

George Washington in his farewell address said,” Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports”. ……… “Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?”

Over the past 80 years, largely due to the influence of secular progressives, we have moved far from the principles upon which this country was founded. The very people that would remove all references to “God” from the public arena, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are protected in their beliefs by these very documents. So what do they fear?

I fear a government made up of men having no moral compass to guide them, lacking integrity and honesty. A belief in God and the principles espoused by our founding Fathers provides that moral compass. Unfortunately, many of our representatives in Congress seem to have embraced political ideology over principle. Let us pray to “God” that they find that moral compass once more.

3 Responses

  1. I WILL TELL YOU WHY,

    GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. GOD IS NOT OUT TO HARM THE BELIEVERS, BUT LOOK AT OUR COUNTRY, ITS WE OR THEM. GOD WILL WATCH OVER ALL, BUT HE WILL DO WHAT HE HAS TO DO TO KEEP ALL WHO BELIEVE
    OUT OF HARMS WAY..

  2. First of all the majority of Americans are not angry with the mention of God, its the elite minority who wish to transform our nation into a socialist government ! They have the funds, the Media and groups like the ACLU to try and destroy Christianity in our nation .
    Christians need to stand up for what they believe ! Our nation was born a Christian one, who`s freedom allowed other religions to grow here .
    Let us not forget that !

  3. Well, Richard, maybe people get angry at the mentioning of god because some of these secular progressives believe that O’Reilly’s confusion is infectious and dangerously misleading the mass delutional (again) eroding away at the civil rights protected by a document that governs believers and non-believers alike in these United States of America.

    What’s relevent here is not religion as faith but religion as organized religion masquerading as a political party representing the corrupt powerful people controlling them.
    I would agree with you that over the past 80 years this country has moved away from the principles upon which it was founded but not for the same reasons you mentioned. I disagree with you on the constitution being silent with regard to acknowledging and recognizing the Founders’ beliefs believing we may have read 2 different documents. I hear it clearly reflecting what our Founding Father’s believed. Thomas Jefferson made clear that the purpose of the First Amendment was to establish a “wall of separation” between Church and State in order to protect individuals’ right of conscience:

    “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1802, letter to the Danbury Baptists.

    “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.
    We have solved … the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries”.
    – President Thomas Jefferson: in a speech to the Virginia Baptists (1808)

    Furthermore, in 1797, yes that’s 1797, in an attempt to establish peaceful relations with Muslims off the Northern Coast of Africa (an attempt that failed and led to the Barbary Wars), the Treaty of Tripoli was ratified by the Senate. Article 11 of the treaty states:

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” -Treaty of Tripoli, 1796-1797, Article II

    That is as plain as the issue of the government of America being founded on Christianity can be stated. This treaty was written during the end of Washington’s presidency and signed by John Adams, with the above statement included, once he became president.

    Another revolution may be necessary to rid ourselves from the exact same tyranny the early settlers lived under and I’m wondering which will be the process; will there come a series of intellectual, political, and social shifts first or will We The People radically unite following some disastrous loss of our ability to redress.

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