The Right to Believe

The following is an entry from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book:

During the mid-1950’s, a group of atheists demanded that the words “under God” be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. New York State Supreme Court Judge Isadore Bookstein ruled against the atheists.

He stated that while the First Amendment guaranteed a citizen’s “right to disbelieve,” it gave the disbeliever “no preference over those who do believe in God.”

Judge Bookstein wrote that the atheists’ interpretation of the First Amendment was faulty. He explained, “It was conceived to prevent and prohibit the establishment of a state religion; it was not intended to prevent or prohibit the growth and development of a religious state.”

To grant the request of the atheists, the Supreme Court Justice pointed out, “would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who believe,” and would invalidate the President’s oath of office, the Declaration of Independence, and the oath of the court, all of which invoke God.

The battle to acknowledge God in the public square continues today. Exercise your right to believe.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart…In all your ways acknowledge Him. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Let me show enthusiasm in honoring You, Lord.

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.

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  • Brian Westley

    “He stated that while the First Amendment guaranteed a citizen’s “right to disbelieve,” it gave the disbeliever “no preference over those who do believe in God.””

    Which would mean not having anything about gods in the pledge, to be truly neutral. Adding the words (during the McCarthy era) clearly gave preference to those who do believe in gods; so, just like Animal Farm, some are more equal than others.


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