2002-07-13 / Letters

Only One God

Dear Editor;

First of all, let me tell you that I am not a Constitutional scholar, therefore I will not even try to enter the pros-cons in the decision of the 9th Circuit Court, regarding the "Under God" in our country's Pledge of Allegiance.

But I do have a question. In your "From the Editor's Desk" you mentioned "our God" "Catholic God" many times. I personally thought there was one God, venerated, by different people, in different ways. Some revere Him in Catholic churches, some in mosques, some in synagogues, and others in banks. But they all revere Him, not as a Catholic God, not as a Moslem God, not as a Jewish God, but as one God, as the "Supreme Being" of the Universe, as "The King of all Manhood" In your article you mentioned that in 1954 Ms. Monica D. Ryan, your school principal, announced in your school that "Under God" had been added to our Country's Pledge of Allegiance and that you have "suffered in silence in high school and on the carrier" (while in service) because you and the other Jewish students knew the "God" announced by Ms. Ryan was not "our God, but a Catholic God" and therefore not constitutionally fit in the Pledge of Allegiance (and, of course, in the U.S.A Constitution, in God We Trust engraved in every court room of the land, "So Help Me God" an integral part of every court proceeding, on all U.S.A currencies and wherever it is appearing now). My question, Mr. Schwach, is very simple. If the announcement in school in 1954 had not been done by Ms. Ryan, but by a Jewish teacher, would you have assumed it to be "your God", a "Jewish God" and therefore accepted Him as a constitutional right in the Pledge of Allegiance? From the tone of your article I say yes, you would have accepted and venerated Him. No, Mr. Schwach there is no Catholic God or Jewish God or Moslem God. There is one God, a Supreme Being reigning in the Universe, King all Manhood, no matter how It is venerated.

That said, should the "Under God" be in our Blessed Country's Pledge of Allegiance or on U.S.A. Currencies? or wherever it is appearing now? I don't know, I am not a Constitutional scholar. I am only a simple, inquisitive Mr."Q."


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