God Bless America

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …”

It never ceases to amaze me that the very first words of the very first amendment in the Constitution, also known as the “law of the land”, are in my opinion, the words most politicians seem to ignore. It has almost become a requirement to place the words “God Bless America” at the end of any speech, which obviously is showing respect to an establishment of a religion.

How can America pretend to advocate freedom of religion when in all actuality, we are offending our own citizens through the speeches of men and women who are supposed to represent the people.

America is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Why then should any politician have the right to speak for an entire country on an issue that will never have a unanimous agreement. Especially when our constitution allows for all opinions regarding religion to matter.

Politicians are the few members of our nation that should have flawless knowledge of America’s laws and should execute them gracefully.

In no way am I discrediting the religious or lack of religious beliefs that anyone has. In fact, that is my point: Without the mentioning of religion, we do not run the risk of discrediting anyone nor do we risk putting someone on a high pedestal, who under the constitution, does not belong there.

There are 308,745,538 people living in America according to the 2010 census. There are over 17 preferences of faith and there are countless ethnic and cultural practices performed here. We are, as Reza Aslan said it best, a giant sponge.

We are America; the nation that means nothing unless everyone respects every person they meet.

Mutual respect should bless America – Not God.

 

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