Listen to the words:

God bless America,
land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
through the night with a light from above

From the mountains to the valleys
to the oceans, white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home.

The right wing Christian conservatives have taken this as their anthem – made it a declaration. Listen to Sarah Palin declaring from the stump that God has so wonderfully blessed America – and then go on to incite her followers to rape the land with drill baby drill, mine baby mine. Listen to her carefully, and you’ll hear the background echo that America has a God-given mission, that we are favored by God to be “that shining city on the hill”, set above all others, to which all others aspire and to which they all turn.

But those simple words are not a declaration that God has blessed us. They are a heartfelt and humble prayer for guidance and for help. I do not define myself as a Christian. I have, over the years of my life, separated my beliefs from my religion. I do not define the moving power behind the Universe as God, but there is no doubt in my mind that there is a moving force – a loving and benevolent spirit that lives in our hearts and our world. Even as one who believes strongly that the Christian God has no place in Patriotism and Nationalism, I would wholeheartedly endorse this simple, moving prayer as our national anthem.

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  1. brab on October 30, 2008 9:54 pm

    Do you really know Barack Hussein Obama?

    Did you know that, if elected president, he will be the most Liberal President in the history of the United States? And if nominated, the first thing that Barack Obama said he would do is sign the “Freedom of Choice Act.” This Will Increase Deaths In America By Over 100,000 A Year.

    He has been called by many as not just being pro-choice, but pro-abortion, because of his liberal point of view on partial-birth abortion.

    If you are a Christian, I encourage you to pray about this and ask Christ to help you make the right decision on whom to vote for in this election.

    If you still have questions, go to

  2. Deb on October 31, 2008 12:32 am

    I stated quite clearly that I do not identify myself as a Christian, and comments like yours are exactly the reason why. I won’t associate myself with a pack of people who spread misinformation and bear false witness. Barack Obama’s beliefs and views on partial birth abortion have been misrepresented – but that wouldn’t matter to those who spread this rumor anyway. I refuse to pin the future of my country on an angry, hateful, barely coherent old man who lives with hate in his heart and jokes about bombing other countries. Abortion is not an issue for the government to legislate. It is a decision left to the mother, the father, the doctor and their spiritual advisers. Thank you for dropping by.

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