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Published: Friday, Feb. 24 2012 7:04 a.m. MST

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mcgilm
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@indi

My education seems to be just fine. Your reading comprehension of what you quoted seems to be lacking.

"...the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

Please notice before the word God the possessive form of the word nature. That makes reference to nature's God, not a direct reference to the Christian God. You merely assume based on your beliefs that the reference is to the God in which you believe.

"...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,"

Again, you will notice that the word "Creator" was used. This leaves open to any belief system as to just whom that may be. You simply assume, based on your beliefs, that it means the God in which you believe.

You have simply searched out a point in the document where the word God or Creator were used, without taking into account the point of context for the entire sentence or paragraph. Punctuation seems to have escaped you as well.

indi
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@mcgilim: "Punctuation seems to have escaped you as well." Good one. Actually I cut and pasted the text from the Declaration of Independence. If you are referring to the odd marks in the text it is a result of pasting. I didn't think it was necessary to re-post the comment. If you are a Grammar teacher correcting me on something else, you may be right. However, my reading comprehension is just fine. I did not fail to notice the words in the context in which they were used. (That is why I quoted it in context.) :-)

The Founders of this nation were Christians; therefore, it is a logical conclusion to believe that they were talking about a Christian God, and not Zeus. The use of Creator is to avoid redundancy. If a student writes, John went to Mary's house after school. John had cake and ice cream. John also went to the store. Somewhere in there they just might decide to use a pronoun to avoid the repetition of John, John, John.

However, if I remember correctly, your comment stated that there was NO reference to God in the Declaration of Independence, which is clearly not accurate--even if you could argue that it was SOME other God to which they were referring to.

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