The cause now has 802,653 members.
Their mission: This cause is to keep God in our country, on our money, and in our pledge!
The original poster asked me to explain my "no god" position, so I did:
"Under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 to protect us from the godless Communists. The Union survived for 178 years without it.
If God exists, he doesn't care whether the Pledge contains those two words. All he cares about is what's in your heart and whether you act on it.
In fact, the Bible condemns public shows of piety to prove how virtuous you are. Matthew 6:5 says, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men."
The debate takes off
Someone else named Leslie chimed in, and the debate was off.
BTW, no one I know wants our faith on everything, don't know anyone who does, you sound alittle paranoid. Why do you want God removed? Does it some how hurt you? Believe it or not the founders of this country were Christians, and that is something that you can never erase, they came here for religious freedom and for your freedom to not have any religion, so just be happy and don't worry so much. God will take care of everything, Let go and let God!
Why do I want "Under God" removed? Because the First Amendment guarantees that Congress will make no law establishing religion, which "Under God" clearly violates. Because the Founding Fathers wisely envisioned America as a diverse country where people could believe in the Christian god, another god, many gods, or no gods. Because everyone's freedom is compromised when we have to stand up and pledge to someone's idea of God.
What the First Amendment says
Another commenter named Tony asked a question:
The First Amendment doesn't talk about establishing a (particular) religion. It talks about establishing religion--i.e., in general. A government-sponsored belief in God is a central component of religion, so it's banned by the First Amendment.
I trust it's obvious how this applies to Native issues. In a multicultural country, no one should be dictating whether we pray and whom we pray to. If we want to pray to Allah, the Hindu gods, the Great Spirit, Wicca, the Devil, Mother Nature, or nobody, the government shouldn't interfere. It shouldn't do anything to establish religion in any way, shape, or form--as the First Amendment says.
Testing the Christians' belief
Here's a simple test to show the phoniness of the Christians' position. Allah is nothing but the word for God in another language. If you're not worshiping a particular god, you should have no problem using different names for the one true creator.
So how about if we alternate between "God" and "Allah" in the Pledge and on our coins? Is that okay with everyone? No? Why not?
We could perform the same test with Wakan Tanka or another Native name for the "great mystery." Wakan Tanka has inhabited the land longer than the Christian god and is more truly American. So can we alternate between "God" and "Wakan Tanka" in the Pledge and on our coins? Again, why not?
I'm confident that few Christians will agree to these proposals. Unless they do, their hypocrisy is exposed. They want the government to promote the English word "God" because they think it refers to their Christian deity.
For a previous debate on this subject, see I Pledge Allegiance to the Constitution. Not surprisingly, I won that debate too. <g>