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Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 9:29 a.m. MDT

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The Atheist
Provo, UT

The fourth point is "One nation under god", not "Our nation..."

And that is the point where Obama loses my agreement.

The primary principle established by the Constitution of the United States is "We, the People...", and included in that "We" are tens of millions of non-believers who are NOT "under god" in any way, shape or form.

Moreover, the Constitution clearly states the source of the sovereign authority for this Nation: "Governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." -- it does not say anywhere that government authority or power derives from or is in any way connected with religion or authority from any "god".

To acknowledge that this nation and its Constitutional Government are "under god" in anything but a figurative, meaningless sense is to abandon the sovereignty of this nation and, at very least, open the door for charlatans who claim to speak for "god" and who claim to have the "authority of god" to attempt to usurp power and authority that is Constitutionally illegitimate.

We are not a "Christian nation", nor were we meant to have any kind of formal standing in relation to any "god".

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Under God creeped into the national lexicon, onto coins and currency, and into the Pledge of Allegiance. We can thank Eisenhower, Joe McCarthy, and the anti-communist hysteria of the post-war era. It officially became our national motto in the 1950s. The motto proscribed by the founding fathers (e pluribus unum / one out of many) got shoved aside.

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