Michael Newdow May Be The Dumbest Doctor Alive!
You know who he is–he is an ER physician who is “offended” that public schools have children recite the horrific and terrorizing “Pledge of Allegiance” because it says “one nation under God.” He is back in the news today talking about his continued efforts to have this language stricken from the Pledge and from having the offensive “In God We Trust” taken from our currency.
He was interviewed on talk radio in Houston this morning and made the statement that the framers of the Constitution invisioned an America where the Government did not take a position about God or any other religion and that the framers would be shocked at the addition of “one Nation under God” in our Pledge. When asked why this is an issue since nearly every public school allows children to be silent during the Pledge-he profoundly stated that was a “free exercise” issue not a separation of church and State issue. I am not easily offended but the thought that an aethist can force his non-views on society simply because he is anti-God is driving me insane so I thought I would remind anyone who reads this what is really going on here.
First–let’s talk briefly about the “framers” intent. It is clear from the constitution that the Government cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion. It is clear from the Pledge of Allegiance that no government entity is prohibiting the free exercise and in fact, allowing kids not to say it at all protects that right. (Aethism is not a religion-but that is a different story). Now as to intent, the Declaration of Independence says “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.” All men are “created” equal. That implies a creator directly. But Mr. Newdow, if that is not enough of a hint, it continues by saying that we are all endowed by our “Creator” with rights. That directly states a belief in a Supreme Being. So, I don’t believe the intent of the framers was to strip our Nation of God so that you won’t be “offended.”
As to the separation of church and state issue–that is not found in the Constitution. It is a Court-created concept from a misapplication of a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. That letter stated “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
So what is he saying here? He is saying that he invisions a Country that does not disallow individuals from establishing a religion and freely exercising that religion within the bounds of the law (no human sacrifice for example). So that there is a wall separating the church from the government control of the church. This phrase has been mutiliated to mean that our Government cannot acknowledge the existence of God–how ridiculous!
Don’t worry Mr. Newdow–other countries have throughout history stripped God from their existence, although nearly all were or have been destroyed–they did exist at one time. If you want to be offended, watch political advertisements or cable television, but I wonder how you can be offended by something that you claim doesn’t even exist?
Enough ranting on this today–more to come.
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