As seems to be all the rage these days when politicians want to circumvent the system of checks and balances our three branches of government are meant to employ, a new amendment to the Constitution has been proposed to make references to God in the Pledge and on currency exempt from the First Amendment.
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and on United States currency.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within 7 years after the date of its submission by the Congress:
`SECTION 1. A reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance or on United States currency shall not be construed as affecting the establishment of religion under the first article of amendment of this Constitution.
`SECTION 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.’.
The founding fathers of this country are surely spinning in their graves right now. Amendments should not be introduced lightly as they can be very difficult to remove once in place and amendments that effectively provide an escape clause to another amendment, one that the founding fathers thought was important enough to put at the top of the entire list, should be weighed even more heavily before being considered. The founding fathers debated the church and state issue extensively before they laid down the rules that would define our government and they went to great lengths to explain those rules for years to come. The first amendment is there for a reason and to gut it with another amendment so that the Christian majority can feel good about the fact that the money and the Pledge have the word “God” in it will set a dangerous precedent that could undermine the very principles this country was founded on.