To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The article about a family wanting to ban the "Pledge of Allegiance" in class to protect their child from any mention of God is infuriating.
There’s been talk from time to time that America isn’t necessarily a Christian nation but I beg to differ. A quick read of at least two of the founding documents will reveal a repeated reference to if not the Christian God at least a Supreme Being. The very first sentence of the Declaration of Independence leads with a reference to "nature’s God," capital "G." Early in the second sentence there is reference to man being "created" by their "Creator" with a large "C." The closing sentence refers to the "Supreme Judge of the world" -- again notice the capitals "S" and "J." While the Constitution doesn’t refer to God it closes with the statement "the Year of or Lord" with a capital "L."
How can a reasonable person claim that referring to God is unconstitutional when that very document refers to the Lord, as does the Declaration of Independence, the Mayflower Compact, the Articles of Confederation, and numerous state constitutions? The comment made that the words "under God" were only added to the pledge in the 1950s implies that because it wasn’t written by the Founding Fathers that it doesn’t really count.
We need to teach our children to make up their own minds and live their lives that way and not expect society, the apparent majority, to bow to their own beliefs. How do we strengthen our children, teach them tolerance, and the ability to cope with life’s seeming injustices when we run to the courts to "make them stop because I don’t like it." As the saying goes, "man up" or whatever, just stop crying.
New Lebanon N.Y.