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Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Gary DeMar

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Massachusetts and Some of Its God History

The atheist organization The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that the Wayland High School band “stop playing ‘God Bless America’ at school functions because it violates separation of church and state.” The Massachusetts’ school officials are ignoring the group’s threats, and for good reason.

First, the First Amendment prohibits “Congress” from establishing a religion. Congress is not involved.

Second, the First Amendment, even if it were involved, could not prohibit the free exercise of religion.

Third, no church is involved in what the band plays.

Fourth, there are bucket loads of historical problems with the atheist group’s challenge to “God Bless America.”

There’s the Declaration of Independence that uses the following religious phases: “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” “endowed by their Creator,” “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world,” “protection of Divine Providence.”

The Constitution’s reference to Jesus Christ in its dating: “Done in the Year of Our Lord. . . .”

The Preamble to the Massachusetts Constitution states: “We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence. . . .”

When John Hancock was Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he issued “A Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving” in 1791, the year the Constitution was ratified:

In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us not only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him; but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose. . . . And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil Rights and Liberties; but the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: And together with our cordial acknowledgments, I do earnestly recommend, that we may join the penitent confession of our Sins, and implore the further continuance of the Divine Protection, and Blessings of Heaven upon this People; especially that He would be graciously pleased to direct, and prosper the Administration of the Federal Government, and of this, and the other States in the Union — to afford Him further Smiles on our Agriculture and Fisheries, Commerce and Manufactures — To prosper our University and all Seminaries of Learning — To bless the virtuously struggling for the Rights of Men — so that universal Happiness may be Allies of the United States, and to afford his Almighty Aid to all People, who are established in the World; that all may bow to the Scepter of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the whole Earth be filled with his Glory.

There’s our nation’s National Anthem – the Star Spangled Banner — that includes this line:

 “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.”

The malcontents at The Freedom From Religion Foundation are interfering in the history of our nation and the state of Massachusetts. They are like George Orwell’s 1984 character Winston Smith who works “for the Ministry of Truth as an editor, revising historical records to make the past conform to the ever-changing party line.”

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About the Author

Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, His most recent book is Exposing the Real Last Days Scoffers. Gary lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and four grandchildren, Gary and Carol are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).



8 Responses to Massachusetts and Some of Its God History

  1. Mark says:

    Screw them.

  2. Jerry says:

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  3. mattwm says:

    There is no such thing as separation of church and state, it’s a fallacy. If the framers intent in the constitution was to separate church and state, the constitution would have never been ratified.

    • Carole Williams says:

      To mattwm: GREAT comment–you are RIGHT ON!!! I commend you on being able to read the Queen’s English! The law says what it means and means what it says. With a certain amount of ignorance, citizens can believe anything they want, especially if they are ahtheistic. The Constitution, product of our Creator’s guidance, needs proactive protection by persons like yourself for the sake of freedom it guarantees.

  4. Lou says:

    Sadly separation of church and state does not mean what our courts are ruling. Separation of Church and state means that the government cannot impose on any religion. What they are ruling on is in a letter George Washington wrote to the Baptists when they were afraid there would be only 1 religion. I have no idea how this can even hold up in any court. Atheists cannot impose on our religion or our freedoms, nor can the courts. The Supreme Court should know this too. They need to study history.

    • Maureen says:

      Sir, your basic assumption about the separation of church and state is correct; however it was Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, that first used the phrase “wall of separation between church and state”, which as you mentioned was to reassure the Baptists that they could practice their own religion freely without any interference from the state (government).

      • Carole Williams says:

        Maureen: So glad there’s somebody that keeps up with history! And Lou, you’re so right–the Supreme Court and all courts need to study history!! So do so many Americans, especially our leadership!!

  5. Erik says:

    Sadly the FFRF will probably win their court cases and Chief Sophist Roberts will eventually side with them if it reaches the Supreme Court.

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