Guest columnist harthusker:
An illustration of how God’s role and perception in the United States of America has been gradually diminished over time, with specific reference to the Charles Gibson interview of Governor Sarah Palin:
George Washington, Proclamation excerpt:
Abraham Lincoln, 2nd Inaugural Address:
…“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
The last change in the Pledge of Allegiance occurred on June 14 (Flag Day), 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved adding the words “under God”. As he authorized this change he said:
“In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”
The United States of America pledge of allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address:
…“Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking his blessing and his help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
Governor Sarah Palin, an address to her church’s congregation:
“Pray for our military men and women, who are striving to do what is right also for this country; that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That is what we have to make sure that we are praying for: that there is a plan, and that that plan is God’s plan. So, bless them with your prayers; your prayers of protection over our soldiers.”
Charlie Gibson, First Interview of Governor Sarah Palin, Transcript Excerpt:
“GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?
PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.
GIBSON: Exact words.
PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said — first, he suggested never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words.
But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.
That’s what that comment was all about, Charlie.”
Gibson’s quote of Palin omits the first part of her statement, thus changing its true meaning: Pray that our nation’s leaders are sending our soldiers (including her son, Track) out on a task that is from God. Never did Palin state that she knew the war in Iraq was God’s will.
The convenient omission completely changes and misrepresents the meaning of the statement. And the press is having a field day with this convenient lie. But what is sad is that many people in our country today find it so offensive that one of our potential leaders would have the audacity to desire to follow God’s will.
It was foolish and ill-advised, but most of all, un-professional for Charlie Gibson to ask such an inaccurate and leading question. I would think he would have the integrity and foresight to research his own questions prior to such an important and pivotal interview. I would not be surprised if he copied the quote from the truncated YouTube video of Palin’s address.
Would Gibson have interviewed George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, or John F. Kennedy in the same fashion? Would he chide them for touting to know God’s will or desiring to follow it? Would he misrepresent their words and condemn them for praying that God’s will be done for our nation?
The question from Gibson to Palin is a great example of how badly the media and Liberal America want to see Governor Palin fail. It is also a concrete example of what this country is in danger of becoming, should it continue its present course: Godless.