A God’s Nation

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As Abraham Lincoln?s was trying to express his feelings about Civil War in his famous Gettysburg Address, he closed his speech with these words: ?we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that his nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom?(Haynes 1). The words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 to show the world the big contrast between the United States of America and the Communist countries. In June 2002, the phrase ?under God? in the Pledge of Allegiance was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals because it violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution(Atwan 198). However, it is better to clear the meaning of ?under God? in the Pledge before making such a decision. The phrase ?under God? was used to express the faith of the most people in the nation. It does not violate the purpose of separation of church and state.

The phrase ?under God? in the Pledge represents the fundamental principles and traditions of the nation. The men who created the government were the men who had strong faith. One of the clearest statements of that faith is found in the Declaration of Independence which states, ?And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence?(Haynes). By ?divine Providence?, the founders acknowledged God in Zhou 2 the country and they expressed their faith in God. And the majority of American followed this concept.

Throughout the history, this country has turned to Almighty God for guidance and comfort in times of struggle. In 1775, the Continental Congress called on the Colonies to pray for wisdom in forming this great nation. At the end of the War for Independence, George Washington, the first president of...