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What's wrong with 'one nation under God'?Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 2:11 PM
When our forefathers laid out the constitution and the future of our country they stressed the importance of the separation of church and state.
When our ancestors faced dire circumstances to cross over to America their goal was to escape religious persecution.
My point is, over the years it has been important to allow each of us to have our own beliefs and not have the beliefs of another forced upon us.
But, at the same time shouldn't we be able to stand with our beliefs?
I couldn't believe when my best friend told me her daughter had been told in class she wasn't allowed to say "one nation under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance.
I understand completely why it is not mandated in the classroom, but to tell a 5-year-old she couldn't express her own beliefs because "another child might hear and be offended"?
She was so confused as to why she got called out by her teacher, especially considering the version that referenced God was all she had ever known.
I envy my niece's undying faith in God. She attends church on a regular basis, and was enrolled in a Christian-based daycare.
She is always talking about what she learned at church, how much God loves all of us and that Jesus died for our sins. She even tells us if we slip out a curse word or we do something she thinks God wouldn't approve of.
Even as an infant, she would climb up in my lap and have me read her a book full of Biblical stories. I always loved hearing, "Brina, will you read to me?"
We were at a fast food restaurant in another state recently and as I started to take a bite out of my fry she stopped me.
"Wait! We have to pray first," she said.
She grabbed mine and her 3-year-old brother's hand, and told her mom and dad to grab hands as well as she recited, "God is good. God is great. And we thank him for our food."
This coming from a 5-year-old, made my heart melt. She has even taught her little brother that prayer. Just last week I joined them for supper and watched as they both clasped their hands together and prayed over their food.
I don't think we should have another's religious beliefs pushed upon us, but we definitely should not try to take away from what someone else believes in.
But, how do you tell someone so young she can only practice her religion when it is convenient for other people?
Do we really live in a world where a person would get offended by hearing an extra line in the Pledge of Allegiance, even if they don't have to say it?
Sabrina is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 847-4487.
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