The following article is based on the reply to a chain email that I recently recieved.
It is not normally my practice to followup on such postings, but I felt that the approach taken by the message
in this case required a more personal response.
Quoted portions are exactly the text as I recieved in the original email, I took the liberty of changing the format from the initial format of colors, headers and html tagging that was used expressively in the original.
THE LAW IS THE LAW !
This is one of the better e-mails I have received in a long time! I hope
this makes its way around the U S A several times over!!!!!
So Be It!
I think this is inflammatory at best, and a misguided attempt to confuse the role of government in protecting the religious rights of all its citizens while at the same time trying to conduct business as the democratic majority would like.
THE LAW IS THE LAW
So if the US government determines that it is against the law for the
words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.
When did they decide that?
"In God We Trust" is the national motto of the United States of America. It was so designated by an act of Congress in 1956 and officially supersedes "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of Many, One) according to United States Code, Title 36, Section 302. President Eisenhower signed the resolution into law on 30 July 1956
Please note that words "under God" were NEVER on our money. "Under God" was an addition made to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, after the Knights of Columbus petitioned the Congress to add it.
And if that same government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not
to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it.
Which set of Ten Commandments should they accept? The Hebrew version, the Muslim version, or the Christian version? (which itself is different between Catholic, Protestant, Mormon and several other churches in the Christian faith).
I say, "so be it," because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen.
There is more to being a US citizen than that.
I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than
I are in positions to make good decisions.
I would like to think that those people have the American public's best
interests at heart.
Those people are made up from the elected and appointed citizens of the US who are tasked with not only keeping the public interest, but making sure that the expression of those interests do not violate the constitutional rights and freedoms that should be extended to all.
BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?
Since we can't pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot post His
Commandments in Government buildings , I don't believe the Government and
its employees should participate in the Easter and Christmas celebrations
which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets
of American life.
You, as an individual citizen, have the freedom to pray to God, have the freedom to trust in God, and have the right to respect that same freedom in other citizen who may choose to worship in a different way than what you are used to.
The Government as an entity does not participate in religious holidays, but the employees of the government are also citizens, who are allowed to make time for personal religious observances. Since the majority of citizens in the US have traditionally followed the same religious observances, (and since Congress is made up of many of the same type of citizens) it was easier to simply make a federal observance of those days than to have several millions of workers all call in sick.
The Government and private companies have also been known to make exceptions to work schedules for people who want to participate in other religious and social days of significance.
I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving &
Easter. After all, it's just another day.
No, it is a special day for many people who might want the day off from work for that reason (see above). Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, it was a joint celebration of the harvest and a recognition of the benefits of sharing with other cultures originally started between Native Americans, and Pilgrims who came to this country to be able to freely practice their particular brand of religion.
Easter falls on a Sunday, and the US Postal Service does not (normally) deliver on Sundays, neither do the other private courier companies. Mentioning it here is an attempt to raise controversy in an area where none exists.
I'd like the " US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good
Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter as well as Sundays." After all, it's just
See above, the Justices and staff of the court have as much right to practice their holiday observances as any citizen. The court schedule is prepared in advance for each term with an idea of which cases the Court is likely to have time to hear.
In addition, (from http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/briefoverview.pdf) approximately 8,000 petitions are filed with the Court in the course of a Term. In addition, some 1,200 applications of various kinds are filed each year that can be acted upon by a single Justice. With that kind of workload, I think they would not mind having a couple of extra days off. They also do not usually work on Sundays.
I'd like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry
about getting home for the "Christmas Break." After all it's just another
The 109th Congress was in adjournment (officially) as of October 6th 2006, prior to the November elections. But congress can and does meet in special sessions throughout the year as needed.
The first session (year) of the current congress ended on December 22, 2005, which means many of the congresspersons and staffers were indeed finishing work over Christmas.
I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all
government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday &
Easter. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any
other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically
It would cost in the use of additional taxpayer dollars needed for the additional staff and services that are normally closed during that period. Overtime would have to be given for working on a Sunday when those offices are normally closed.
It isn't a matter of being "politically correct", since regular citizens like the person who wrote this email would not bother going to or using government offices and services on those days in the first place.
I think that our government should work on Sundays (initially set aside
for worshipping God...) because, after all, our government says that it
should be just another day....
What do you all think????
I think our Founding Fathers established the 1st Amendment of the Constitution exactly because of thinking like this. Thinking that deny the basic rights of citizen who also happen to be Civil Servants, Politicians, or Soldiers to follow someone else's idea of how government should behave to follow their own personal agenda, instead of respecting the needs of individuals as well as the well being of society.
Those founders believed in rejecting the "Divine Right of Kings", the belief that the ruler of England was the head of all churches, to protect the rights of the citizens of the Democratic Republic of America to worship, and not worship, as they freely chose.
Thinking like this writers wishes, would give the Government the right to control when some people can and cannot go to Church. It would give them the power to decide what is and is not a "church" in the eyes of society; and it might even grant them the power to decide what "churches" should or should not pay taxes to help cover the additional costs of staying open those extra days thru the year.
Is that what your really want?
If this idea gets to enough people, maybe our elected officials will stop
giving in to the "minority opinions" and begin, once again, to represent
the "majority" of ALL of the American people.
This country once believed it was okay to own other people, it was a majority opinion of the time.
This country once believed women did not need the right to vote, because the majority of men could make the important decisions without help.
This country once believed it could allocate the lands that other people lived on, because they were a minority that were better served living on reservations while more advanced civilizations made better use of the natural resources.
This country no longer believes in those ideas, at least the majority does not.
SO BE IT..........
Please Dear Lord,
Give us the help needed to keep you in our country!
'Amen' and 'Amen'
If this is the type of help you think the God of any religion needs in this country, then you have turned your back on the very beliefs that made people free to allow their religion to live and thrive.
These are definitely things I never thought about but from now on, I will
be sure to question those in government who support these changes.
When you ask the questions, please take time to think about what they are trying to protect as well, and what you may stand to lose as a result of them not trying to protect the principles under which this nation was formed.
At the top, it says "I hope this makes its way around the USA several
Let's see that it does
I will not be passing this email on again, but I too look forward to seeing what it brings to our society, and the consequences thereof.
In proofreading this article, I noticed a couple of grammatical errors that did not get corrected in the orignal email. So this posting is not verbatim what I sent in reply, but I hope it is a more readable version of the same.
I look forward to comments, corrections and criticism.