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The debate over the place of religion in our government has gone on since its inception with both sides of the issue adamant in their positions.

Common One Nation, Under Secularism by Susan Jacoby.

George Washington's prayer :

"Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of ubordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United states at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen."

Many peoples from many nations have come to the United States since Washington's time. We have moved from the "melting pot" to "multi-culturalism" and with that the debate on government and religion continues, indeed, perhaps intensifies.

In 1954 the words "Under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance, and thus it became a prayer as well as a pledge. For a history of this oath, visit with The Pledge of Allegiance A Short History by Dr. John W. Baer. and if you haven't ever read Edward Bellamy's, Looking Backward, 1888 mentioned at the site, you might just consider doing so. Project Gutenberg. AND, if you are interested in helping to proof books for preservations Distributed Proofreading.

The debate will continue.


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