Jason Mosher

Sheriff's Journal

Vernon County Sheriff.


One nation under GOD

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Our pledge of allegiance contains the phrase, "One Nation under GOD with liberty and justice for all." Our money contains the phrase, "IN GOD WE TRUST" and our Declaration of Independence contains the phrase, "the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's GOD entitle them."

I do not want to bring up the long drawn out discussions that have been reviewed in almost every high court in the country regarding the separation of church and state, but just like the people that are beginning to disgrace our flag and act like it offends them, more people are beginning to complain about any phrase that contains the word God in it.

I recently read an article about the Greene County Sheriff's Office having "In God We Trust" on the back of their patrol cars, and the people that are complaining about it being a "religious" phrase and must therefore be taken off.

Groups have also tried to make schools take out the phrase "under God" when saying the pledge of allegiance. I think the only reason that subject is not a hot topic at the moment is because many schools no longer even say the pledge of allegiance.

A while back I read a book about behaviors and what makes people who they are and do the things they do. Some of it is the personality you are born with, but some of it is also shaped and changed by the circumstances and surroundings you grow up in.

After reading the book, I started thinking about the past of our nation. We are who we are today because of our past. There is a reason why the men and women who sacrificed so much felt the need to place the word "God" on our currency, our capitol buildings around the country, as well as in the Declaration of Independence.

What made them declare independence and fight for what we have is also what made our nation great. They may have fought for the separation of church and state, but they obviously fought for the right to put the word "God" all over our government property.

Now we are trying to take it away and make our nation "user friendly" for all people. The only problem is they are not using the freedoms we have to live and worship how they want, they are making an effort to change what our forefathers fought for. Judges all over the country have ordered courthouses and other government buildings to remove the Ten Commandments, and I even read one article where a courthouse in Virginia was ordered to remove a flag display because it had a plaque under it that read, "A Tribute to Public Safety."

I have ordered a copy of our nation's Pledge of Allegiance, and when we receive it, it will be hung in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office, along with our nation's flag. It will be the entire pledge including the phrase, "one nation under God."

I will also be directing my staff on how to act if someone becomes offended by either one, and that will be to very politely and professionally show them where the door is.