PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY

TL 12-28 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY

12-28 ONE NATION UNDER GOD

 

Today is PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY!!!  I’ve followed the latest story of attack against the Pledge of Allegiance.  High School student, Samantha Jones, with representation from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is defending her right to say ONE NATION UNDER GOD.        

What a brave girl!  I wonder if I would have had that kind of backbone when I was in High School?  I know I would now, but back then, I’m not so sure.

The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.  The AHA is representing a family who objects to the phrase being recited at one of the schools within the New Jersey school district.

Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.  Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.  – AHA lawyer David Niose

Samantha Jones goes to Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, New Jersey.  The Christian-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending she and the school district.  They say Samantha has the right to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I’ve been reciting the pledge since preschool, and to me the phrase ‘one nation under God’ sums up the history and values that have made our country great.  I think it’s empowering to know that, no matter what happens, I have some rights the government can never take away. No student should be silenced just because some people disagree with timeless American values.  – Samantha Jones

The following quote was published in The Christian Post:

The judge seemed focused on the case, he had prepared well, and he was familiar with the arguments of each of the parties.  He asked tough questions of each side, and it is difficult to predict the outcome, but we are optimistic that he will agree with every other court to decide this issue and uphold the pledge.  – Diana Verm, a lawyer with the Becket Fund

On this day, may we raise up this important case to God in prayer.  May God richly bless Samantha and her family and give them strength and wisdom.

The attorney for the unidentified atheist family goes on and on about his client’s rights – that having the phrase in the Pledge offends them.  The thought of taking it out OFFENDS ME – WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN’S RIGHT TO HAVE THE PHRASE STAY THERE???  I’m sick and tired of everyone else’s rights coming before Christian’s rights!  This country was founded on CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES.  If you don’t like the phrase, you don’t have to say that part – but don’t take it out because there are many (including me) who will say it regardless!  It calms my spirit to know that the God of creation has this mess of a country in the palm of His hand.  There’s no better place it could possibly be!

They already took prayer out of schools – they booted God clear off campus – and wow – that’s really working out well for us, don’t you think?  We never had shootings at our schools – but our teachers taught us to respect our Country, our elders, and our Higher Power!  It’s my RIGHT to pray – it’s my RIGHT to say UNDER GOD when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Anyone who is uncomfortable can make a choice to either not say the Pledge or not say the part that is offensive to them.  There are plenty of things that non-Christians do that I’m uncomfortable with – and you know what?  I don’t make them stop – I just don’t join in.

No matter what the official outcome is, the powers that be will never force me to leave out the words UNDER GOD from my Pledge of Allegiance.  Instead of having more of a separation between church and state, there needs to be a knitting together of the two.  I’m praying for this country – now more than ever.  And – by the way, I’m praying about the part of the Pledge that follows – INDIVISIBLE.  Uh-huh – yep – I’m praying about that part too.  ❤

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;

AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS; ONE NATION UNDER GOD;

INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

And the verdict came in – here is an update – 2-5-15

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We need more young people like Samantha.  Well done, sweetheart!  ❤

It’s not too late to order your copy of Lucinda Berry Hill’s new devotional book!  Everybody needs a new devotional book to begin this new year, right?

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART 35

4-15-13 (3)
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. – Genesis 9:6

To purposefully destroy innocent human life is a moral offence and I am outraged.

I try with all my heart to be a good person. Deep down inside I do not promote violence of any kind, in my life or in anyone else’s life. I do not own a gun, but I do not care if a mature, responsible, sane person owns a gun. It’s when some crazy person is packing a piece – that’s when I get nervous and very concerned! I guess the question is: How do you know if someone should be banned from carrying a weapon? Any weapon… because as we’ve seen lately, it does not have to be a gun! Crazy people destroy with anything. Who will weed out the crazies in our society to keep the rest of us safe? Can the crazies be weeded out before they do harm to others – or do we have to wait until the tragedy has occurred to finally do something?

We can’t take part in a race, attend a movie première or go to a Saturday night dance without wondering if some nut will be there with plans to destroy innocent people! Something is amiss here. There is a short-circuit or a link that needs to be inserted – between the unstable individual obtaining a weapon with intent to destroy and the real act of destruction. Something is seriously messed up, because we should not have to be afraid to go anywhere in our society. People were designed for relationship and for the most part, relationship involves attending functions that are packed with people. These seem to be the favorite places for the unstable with weapons to strike. Crowds.

The most obvious question in the wake of this outpouring of mass destruction of human life is – WHY? Unfortunately, that is the one question that we will probably never have an answer for – because when people are not really sane, you cannot even begin to understand or grasp the thought process behind such horrid behavior. It’s evil in its purest sense. I’m glad I can’t crawl inside that mind and understand it. In a way I wish I could – but I’m really glad I can’t.

For the Christian, there is prayer. We know that God is so much higher than any circumstance this world finds itself in. It may seem simple to those who are not believers, and that’s okay. We can’t just do nothing – so we pray. It’s more than the non-believer is able to do. They can complain and grieve and that’s good as far as it goes. But we as Christians know the Source of all life – yes, even the life of the one who destroys. I cannot crawl into that person’s head and figure out the motive behind the unbelievable actions – but God can – and does! He knows what triggered the action and He knows what it will take to fix that person’s problem. There’s a comfort in knowing that I can pray – leave it in God’s very strong and capable Hands – with His all-knowing power at work in the life of one who is obviously unbalanced.

I don’t have to know the “why” – because I know God already has the answer. What are we to glean from all of this? I don’t have that answer either. I guess we just have to lean on God and trust that it’s all part of a big plan. I am morally offended by the events in Boston, and deeply saddened. I just keep praying – it’s the only thing I know to do. ❤