Overthrowing The American Theocracy

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   What happened next was even more remarkable. Two years after the Pledge decision, in 1956, the same post-WWII Congress decided that our 180-year-old National Motto, E Pluribus Unum -- a motto given to us by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin -- was no longer suitable to their taste.

     They “retired” E Pluribus Unum (“Out Of Many, One”) as our National Motto and replaced it with -- guess what -- "In God We Trust.”

     From a people united as one nation, despite our many differences, America became instead a nation rent by faith and belief. This because the government elected to institute a specific brand of theocracy as a cold-war measure: one which not all Americans could believe in or accept.

     This tragic change did not happen during the 1960’s. “The Sixties” occurred in reaction to what the government had done to repress and divide the nation during the McCarthyite 1950’s.

     Soon, “In God We Trust” appeared for the first time on paper currency -- dollar bills and higher. Soon, “So help me God,” was added as an official coda to government oaths.

     With the blink of an eye the United States became a fully-functioning theocracy with specific and particular religious doctrines universally enforced by mottos, oaths and curren-
cies that could not be escaped.
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     Here is what President Eisenhower said:

“...We shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

     With these words, the Founders’ idea that a President -- or any U.S. official -- had “no particle of spiritual jurisdiction” over any American citizen...died an ignoble death.

4 In three short years -- from 1954 to 1957 -- here is what happened:

1. God-relation was added to our previously secular Pledge of loyalty to our country.
2. Our secular National Motto was changed to a religious National Motto.
3. The holy name of God was printed for the first time on all U.S. paper currency.
4. "So help me God" was added as an official suffix to the oaths of office for federal
     justices, in violation of Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution.

© Skeeter Thompson
   2005-2008

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