~by Susi Pittman
June 29, 2015: A President Who Nixes God
We have in the United States of America, a country whose very beginnings are rooted in faith and in a Creator/God. It’s amazing and perilous beginnings came through the blood of patriots seeking freedom from oppression. Great minds met their destiny in a brick building in Philadelphia, where they signed the most important document in all of American history, one that reflected The Creator’s hand and providence for the future.
Even before the arrival of Europeans to North America, Native Americans reflected such a belief as most of the various tribes had a religion characterized by a natural monotheistic faith in an all-powerful creator known as the “Great Spirit.”
God was acknowledged in this great country.
The white colonist that settled America’s shore and the founding fathers of this great land were convinced that liberty was a gift of Providence and was something to be protected.
The Preamble of The Declaration of Independence states;
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I am certain that “their Creator” applies to acknowledging the fact that no matter your religious persuasion, there is a force that is responsible for your existence, certain to be a supreme being, with a mind far beyond human existence. Otherwise, why even acknowledge it if it were otherwise.
Today in America, perhaps the most telling and worrisome feature of a presidency has been recorded not once, but twice in public conversation. In September 2010, President Obama speaking to the Congressional Spanish Caucussaid :
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [pause], endowed with certain unalienable rights: life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
In Obama’s version, there is no “Creator.”
Then again, October 2010, President Obama speaking at a Democratic fundraiser once again says:
What makes this place [America] special is not something physical. It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’”
Twice? Mighty disconcerting.
I can think of no former president in my lifetime that ever re-stated, edited, left out or otherwise misquoted the Declaration of Independence.
Recently, in November 2013, President Obama failed to include the words “under God” while reading from the Gettysburg Address for a PBS documentary. The most historically accurate version of the Gettysburg Address includes the words “under God.” This is known as the “Bliss Copy” and it’s the version most often reproduced and referenced. This copy is displayed on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.. Once again, God was omitted.
President Obama is the first president in American history not to acknowledge that all rights stem from God, said Jeff Field, Director of Communications, Catholic League. Given that all prepared presidential speeches are written and vetted by many people, and that he was roundly criticized last month for this same infraction, it is only fair to conclude that this was not a mistake. This was deliberate.
So, I make my point here…and it’s from Samuel Adams;
“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
May God Bless America and may the Creator of all guard us from those who would take God and His greatness from her history pages.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.
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