January 1, 2006

"Under God" Hurting War On Terror

Why are we fighting the War on Terror? It's obviously because of the September 11th attacks. Who are we fighting? That's also obvious: terrorists. But what motivates these terrorists? Again, that's an easy question: Religion.

See the problem here?

For the most part, even if today's terrorists are motivated by a variety of reasons, the ones America fights are motivated by religion. Not just any religion either, these terrorists are motivated by a monotheistic one. Oddly enough, they believe in a singular god.

What's the problem here? Well, remember the phrase "Under God?" It's history is simple enough: the phrase was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 because Congress wanted to make the US seem farther apart from "Godless" communism.

Do you see the problem here?

If "Under God" distanced us from people who didn't believe in God, then it brought us closer to those who do. In essence, we and the terrorists become more alike because of the phrase, no matter how miniscule the similarity.

Pushing for "Under God" and a religious America is only hurting the War on Terror. After all, how can we claim to be fighting religious fundamentalist terrorists when we're trying to make the nation more religiously fundamentalist?

2 comments:

  1. The person who wrote an entire post about bad writing uses the phrase do you see the problem here three times and has the most awkward style known to man. What's with the lack of comments?

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  2. OK, Alex, I see where you're going with this. Outlaw all mention of God.
    I respectfully dissagree with your premise. "God" is a very generic term and as such can be construed as being any one of hundreds of specific deity. It's actually a perfect term for preserving the separation of church and state and does at the same time preserve our country's historic traditions.

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