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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

So help me God

I appreciated reading these words today from Shoes and Pie.

"There has been a bit of a stink in some circles, because President-elect Barack Obama wants to add, as many Presidents have, “so help me God” to his swearing in today. Back in school, I refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance because of the “under God” line. I stood up and put my hand over my heart, don’t get me wrong. I am allegiant. I just didn’t dig bringing God into it. In all the years of my doing it, I don’t think anyone even noticed. I wasn’t trying to make a statement, it was simply a personal thing for me. Speaking the Pledge was my choice, and I chose not to, because that one line didn’t mesh with my personal beliefs. But if we went back to the original Pledge, before that line was added in the ’50s, and I wanted to tack on a “so help me God” at the end? I don’t have a problem with that. That’s a voluntary postscript. So you folks out there who are all “Blah blah blah, separation of Church and State, yadda yadda…” Yeah. I get you. I hear what you’re saying, and I’m on your side. Trust me. But you’re MISSING THE POINT. Mr. Obama is choosing to keep God by his side during this rather momentous occasion. If you don’t allow that, you are joining your enemies in forcing your own beliefs on someone else. So back off, would you? Thanks."

I may not hold the same values and beliefs Shoes and Pie holds, and that's okay, but I do agree with this.

"...But you’re MISSING THE POINT. Mr. Obama is choosing to keep God by his side during this rather momentous occasion. If you don’t allow that, you are joining your enemies in forcing your own beliefs on someone else."


That's really what we all want. Freedom to believe and practice our own religion, faith, traditions, values, and politics in our own way. Not how someone else thinks we should. This is America. We have that right, that freedom.

I thank God for that!



Images from CNN and ABC

2 thoughtful comments:

glee said...

I was wondering if he'd add it on or not. Since the rest of the oath was a little botched, I'm glad he added it.

The way I see it, it doesn't matter who is President, we'll need the help of God to get through the next four years.

It was an incredible event.

Hol and J said...

Very true.

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