William J. Murray, son of famed atheist, Madalyn Murray O?Hair, contends in his latest book, The Pledge: One Nation Under God, that atheistic forces, spearheaded by the ACLU and Michael Newdow, are engaging in a religious cleansing of American society. These forces seek to replace faith in God with an atheistic, secularist, and heartless philosophy that has no respect for the belief that the human race is God?s creation. Murray outlines the history of early-American settlers and their overall reliance upon God in every phase of life. He continues to trace today?s secular progression of American society and insists that war is being waged not only for religious freedom, but also for freedom itself. The protection of the ?Pledge of Allegiance? and the phrase ?under God? is just one battle in this overall war. Michael Newdow?s legal case to remove ?under God? from the pledge will go back to the Ninth Circuit Court in spring 2007 and almost inevitably will resurface in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The ?Pledge of Allegiance? was first published in 1892 and was widely recited in schools soon thereafter. It has been amended several times, and the most recent revision came in 1954 with the addition of the phrase ?under God? following the words ?one nation.? This addition grew out of a desire to include a reference to Deity in keeping with the beliefs of America?s founding fathers. The phrase ?under God? was aptly chosen because Abraham Lincoln reportedly used the expression, ?this Nation under God,? in his immortal ?Gettysburg Address.? For several decades, students in public schools all over America have recited the pledge with the words ?under God.? Now those words are under legal attack.
The Pledge: One Nation Under God teaches Americans not to regard their freedoms lightly and eloquently echoes the words of Thomas Jefferson: ?THE GOD WHO GAVE US LIFE GAVE US LIBERTY.?Publishers Description
The Pledge: One Nation Under God traces our religious freedoms to the settlement of America and asserts that the legal attacks against the ?Pledge of Allegiance? are part of a nationwide, coordinated effort spearheaded by the ACLU and militant atheists like Michael Newdow to change America's culture and government into totally secularized, godless entities.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.72"
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Release Date May 25, 2007
Publisher AMG Publishers
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|Important, Timely, A Stand for Religious Freedom Jun 6, 2007|
|William J. Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC, author of "My Life Without God" and son of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, in his new book "The Pledge," maintains that anti Christian forces are attempting to change the "Pledge of Allegiance" in an effort to replace faith in God with an atheistic, secularist philosophy. Murray alerts the reader of the peril we face in America today of losing our religious freedom. |
Murray has defended his position on ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, and NBC news programs. He is a regular guest on numerous radio talk shows.
In "The Pledge" Murray introduces the Biblical concept of family, education, and the church in relation to government. He then traces the history of early-American settlers and their overall reliance upon God in every phase of life. Next he outlines today's secular progression in American society and alleges that war is being waged against religious freedom, as well as for freedom itself.
I was particularly interested in the background of the pledge and of the history of the words "in God we trust" on our United States coinage. The recent court decision in favor of Atheist Michael Newdow is another instance of the powerful influence of secularists, on the courts, in an effort to destroy religious liberty.
Murray concludes by showing the reader how they can fight back against these forces to maintain our religious liberty. Murray's arguments are clearly stated and his analysis is well articulated. "The Pledge" is timely, relevant, and important to every American. The book should be required reading for social studies classes, in public schools, Christian schools, and in home schools across America.
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