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Getting God Power

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Much of the modern argument on the scope of the First Amendment and freedom both of and from religions has to do about getting God power.


Getting God-Power for the army is still in play. Geoffrey R. Stone, The World of the Framers: A Christian Nation? 56 UCLA L. Rev. 1, 2–3 (2008), begins his article with but one example from the religious “culture wars.” An Air Force Academy graduate objected to the color guard at the Naval Academy lowering the flag to the cross at a ceremony because the oath he took was “to protect and defend the Constitution, not the New Testament.”


As for the irony of asking God for the power to kill God’s other creations, no one summed it up with bitter irony better than Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address:


Both [sides] read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.


Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1865)

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All this begs the question: How much is God really behind human attempts to claim "God Power"?

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