Sunday, July 09, 2006

In God We Trust

I received this today in my email, thought it was interesting.

The Preambles of all 50 States Of The United States:


Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.
Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties , do ordain this Constitution...
Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.
Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe.
Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences
Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Const itution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the peop le of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance .. Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our fre edom, to secure its blessings.
Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...
Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryl and 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe ... In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction ..
Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michiga n, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, an d desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness .. Establish this Constitution .
Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ...
Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution .
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty
New York 1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those
North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ... establish this ..
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences..
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing
South Carolina , 1778, Preamble. We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties .
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution
Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to .enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator .can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other . < BR>Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and re ligious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility
Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, p olitical, and religious liberties .. establish this Constitution

After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong!

"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn

If you found this to be "Food for thought.." copy and send to as many as you think will be as touched a s I hope you were.

GOD BLESS AMERICA








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12 Comments:

Blogger Wadical said...

I like this. Think I'll link to it. Might get you some hits on yer site.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

I like it too, although not I am americian.
I am going to check out our Constitution, .... I'll be back, you may regret it.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Auntie D said...

Thank you both. I thought it was great. And I don't mind it being passed on one bit.

6:50 PM  
Blogger mysti said...

I am very glad Wadical pointed his readers to your site. Wonderful post! Thank you. I will have to bookmark your page and come back to read more tomorrow. :)

7:33 PM  
Blogger mysti said...

LOL I have been reading you debate Mistyforever lost now for the last month. I know for a fact now that I am going to enjoy reading your blog!

7:39 PM  
Blogger mistyforeverlost said...

Whether AuntieD and I agree on religion or politics or not...her blog is fabulous Mystis. I have to get off my lazy butt and link her in my blog roll.

Maybe I am wrong, but not all of them specifically said "God"...a few of them (Haiwaie, Delaware, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Michigan and Missouri, New Hampshire and Vermont, Washington) do not have God in the preamble at all. Others list Almighty God and yet others, list strictly Christianity within their preamble. Granted, it is to be assumed those states meant God, but I did find it interesting. Almost like a preamble for what is to come of our nation that follows offering up religious freedom, not one God in particular but a covering of many Gods.

What I found even more interesting is how Virginia worded it:

"Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator .can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other."

and also how how TN words it:

"Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience..."

4:33 AM  
Blogger Badbeans said...

The point I take from this is that each state constitution acknowledges the existence of and the owing of their freedoms to God. Whether or not "God" is used as the word of choice, all state constitutions are referring to God.

The first amendment to our federal Constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The power to make law is vested in the Congress, not the Judiciary, according to Articles I and III of the Federal Constitution. The tenth amendment states that powers not enumerated in the Constitution as being granted to the Federal government are reserved to the several states and the people.

If the Federal Constitution is the cornerstone of law for our nation, and the state constitutions are the cornerstones of state law, and each state constitution acknowledges God, then how can it be that any reference to God in public serves as an "establishment of religion." Conversely, by using the same logic as saying that referring to God is an establishment of religion, can it be said that prohibiting the reference to God by government an establishment of religion? By definition, is not irreligion a religion unto itself? Is not socialism a form of religion, its idol being government?

The choosing of whether or not one believes in God depends upon the dictates of one's conscience. Thought and belief cannot ultimately be controlled externally from the individual, though it can be influenced to the degree that one would have a change of mind. Having said that, as much as the Michael Newdows of the world fear that their children will be indoctrinated with a religion at which a supreme, invisible being is the center, I fear more religion at which men are in the center. For if our rights are endowed to us by men, then men can take them away.

One cannot get away from religion, whether one denies that such exists or not. Religion is a belief system. No one exists without a belief system. Therefore, whether one believes in God as the god of their religion or man, under our constitutions, men are not prohibited in public or private forum from expressing their religious views, regardless of who they are. And regardless of what the courts or the ACLU has to say.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Auntie D said...

Thank you all for your comments. I truly appreciate each one. I believe with all my heart that our great country (forgive me hope if it seems to be leaving out your's or putting mine above your's....Canada, right? BEAUTIFUL country!!I love Canada, so don't misunderstand please) But I believe that America is one of the most blessed countries in the world and the reason we are,has been because of our following of God Almighty. Our founding fathers had no argument about there being One God. You are not going to find anywhere in the history books that there was. That was not even questioned. BUT remembering where they came from and what they were running away from, they set up our constitution and declarations and all the other tions to protect us from that, what they came from. And what they came from mistyforeverlost (man there has to be a better way to write you two and tell who's who without having to write the whole thing out) is the very thing you, wadical and I have been fussin, errrrrrrr I mean discussing on your other link. It's what we have been trying to make you see and understand. Some people took on the name of Christianity and became a dictatorship. A cruel, powerful, mean, demanding institution that had NOTHING to do with Christianity except that they claimed the name. Our forefathers wanted to worship our Lord and read the Bible for themselves. They wanted to live as the Word taught. So hoping that what happened over in Europe would not happen in the Free World they worded it all the way they did. Not to deny God by any means.When you keep that in perspective,you KNOW they would never, ever deny our Lord. They put God's name in everything. They honored God in everything and He blessed our country for that reason. But, in time, men came along and decided they knew better....actually, you want me to be honest, I think it was men who were hungry for power and they saw a way to get it. The witch hunts you spoke of.....it was not loving Christians, it was power hungry people who used it to take revenge on others they did not like. The followers were ignorant and superstitious and easily led astray. None of that had anything to do with Christianity, except that they stole the name and hid behind it. That's why the Bible tells us, we are to test our Christian teachers that what they speak follows the word of God. Our founding fathers also wanted the freedom to worship as they, each individual wished to and not have one government or ruler tell them how they must. Thus the only explanation needed for the meaning behind separation of government and church. There again not to deny God but to prevent what happened in Europe from happening here. But you will not find anywhere that I am aware of where any ever denied God. And since they used the Bible to swear by, I believe it is safe to say it is God Almighty and Jesus is Lord. Sorry, I didn't mean to get on my soapbox.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Auntie D said...

And mistyforeverlost, it's okay if we don't agree, we can still enjoy each other!!!

4:43 PM  
Blogger mistyforeverlost said...

Oh Auntie, I 100% agree that they were men (and women) who wanted power that used the christian name. It is in every religion or belief system on the face of this earth and has transcended time and centuries. The only point I was trying to make is that it isn't up to non-christians or history books to decide if these people were really christians or not. They claimed to be, so they will be written as if they were. It's a lesson to be learned for all otherwise history will continue to repeat itself over and over again through the many different beliefs.

Anyway, I understand that this nation was founded on God, but I don't think that is what makes it so great. What I think makes it great is the diversity that our Nation offers up and our ability to live relatively peacefully side by side together.

You can just call me Misty with an I and the other Mysti with a Y. Besides...I'm pretty sure Mysti and I will figure out who your commenting too ;O)

7:00 PM  
Blogger Wadical said...

Misty, contrary to your statement that it is not God but our diversity that makes us great...our diversity and mulitculturalism are the very instruments of our demise, wielded by well meaning but ignorant people who want accountability to no one, especially to a God who controls their destiny. And they will eventually kill us all and bring our mighty nation to its knees, and we will be ruled by those who are not so "multiculturalistic....Think I'm some crazy soothsayer?? Mark my words.

Beans....well said man. That was some excellent writing. The only thing missing was "God Bless America" playing in the background.

11:01 PM  
Blogger mistyforeverlost said...

Wait, you just confused me Wadical...do you or do you not believe in diversity and all that our country stands for? Which is freedom on all counts.

You think diversity is a bad thing? Should we round up anyone who doesn't agree with you and put them in the firing line? Cause that is what your beginning to sound like and that is scary.

4:32 AM  

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