The court’s wisdom in keeping ‘Under God’ |

The court’s wisdom in keeping ‘Under God’

By a decision of the Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco, the phrase “Under God” will remain in the Pledge of Allegiance, and In God We Trust will remain on our coins.

On March 11, 2010, the Appeals court rejected the legal challenge from atheist Michael Newdow. In a 3-0 ruling the court upheld the inscription “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins and currency saying the phrase is ceremonial and patriotic.

Our founding fathers were wise statesmen. They knew that their political efforts need God’s blessing in order to succeed. History shows that when our society lived by the Ten Commandments, the country prospered. There was more personal freedoms and worked for the common good of all.

Insistence on strict separation of state and church leads only to divisions and animosity. Government could benefit from cooperation with religious institutions. Despite secularist pressures by certain elites, the majority of Americans believe in God and wish to uphold the principles “Under God” in our society, as revealed by recent surveys.

Paul A. Fleischman

Grass Valley

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