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How Many References To Religion In Original Constitution?
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Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:10


The original constitution of the United States that was ratified in 1789 had only one reference to religion: [Article 6] No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.


The de facto motto of the United States, adopted as part of the Great Seal of the U.S. an Act of Congress in 1782, was E. Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One).  Congress changes it 174 years later (1956) to “In God We Trust.”


The original ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ was written in 1892 by Baptist Minister Francis Bellamy who DID NOT INCLUDE the words “under God.” Those were added by Congress 62 years later (1954).


The U.S. didn’t issue Paper Currency until 1861, and ‘In God We Trust’ didn’t appear on it for 96 years (1957).


Just after the Red Scare in the 1950’s, Congress CHANGED the Pledge of Allegiance and our Nation’s Motto over the FEAR of COMMUNISM.


In a time when dear is traded like a commodity, and the word SOCIALISM is being used to create the same fear as the old word COMMUNISM, let’s REMEMBER that our country was NOT founded on fear. NO, our Nation was founded out of HOPE for a better world where all people were EQUAL- that we were ONE from MANY.


Let’s not let fear change our nation’s great tradition & direction again. 


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0 #3 Alex H 2012-05-08 17:14
Very interesting too, because none of the founding fathers ever used their faiths as motivators in politics. They have said sometimes that "faith" is important in politics, but somehow that "faith" has been translated into meaning Religion. Somehow the letter that George Washington wrote in response to a letter from a Jewish Congregation in Rhode Island, saying that no law protecting nor banishing certain religious practices will be passed under the Constitution, was completely ignored.

Throughout history, governments that make legislation based on religion, or banning religion for the sake of a state-created one, have a higher instance of civil-rights violations and military aggression.
0 #2 anti_supernaturalist 2011-11-13 09:55

And one brief comment -- the words 'God', 'Jesus', 'Christ', 'Christian' do not occur in the Constitution. Not even the god of deism or pantheism appears as "he" does in the Declaration of Independence. No 'Nature', 'Nature's God', 'Providence'.

This is no accident. All of us have James Madison to thank for having created the first secular state.

the anti_supernatur alist
0 #1 anti_supernaturalist 2011-11-13 09:53
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Ourch! It's almost unreadable. The text could be a parody of poor design. Different fonts, different sizes of font, different styles of font: bold face, italics, upper case, and screaming red misplaced emphasis, on parchment background! There is a lot of good advice on the display of text on the net.

The text itself contains errors:

1. The infamous motto "In God we trust" appeared for the first time on coinage during the US Civil War (1861-1865). Essentially a claim that god was on the northern side.

2. The word 'religion' does occur only once in the US Constitution, but not in Article 6 -- the word there is the one quoted, 'religious'. For the unique appearance of 'religion' one must look at Amendment 1 which forbids Congress from establishing a state church.

the anti_supernatur alist

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