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Our Christian roots

Most visitors to the Washington Monument are probably unaware of the inscription on top of this magnificent structure that says “Laus Deo.” In Latin it means “Praise be to God.”

These words have been there since the monument’s inception in 1888. From atop this granite monument, 555 feet high, you can see a beautiful panorama of the city and government buildings laid out in a sign of the cross. Yes, a cross. There was no separation of church and state. The Founding Fathers were intelligent and practical men.

The majority of them were Christians who acknowledged their dependence on God, as is clear from George Washington’s “Prayer for America” in his 1789 letter to the governors of the states:

“Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large …”

George Washington’s America was one of the few countries in all the world established under the guidance, direction and banner of Almighty God.

Peter Pohorsky

Grass Valley

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