One of our commenters last week asserted that “God is never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.” Our regular participants here at Common Sense Civics and Citizenship know that the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution comprise our Founding American Documents. So, rather than the filtered, watered-down opinions of “the politician, press, or professor,” let’s refute this assertion using facts.
By all means, God is mentioned in the Constitution once, and four times in the Declaration of Independence. The original U.S. Constitution (ratified first by nine, then by all thirteen states) closes with the mention of God as “Lord.”
God Is Mentioned In the Constitution and the Declaration
Compelling evidence is found here:
- “…the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”
- “endowed by their Creator..”
- “…appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World…”
- “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence…”
- Our Constitution closes with this: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty-seven…”
God Is Not a Threat to Freedom
Most importantly, we must address falsehoods about mentioning God in the Declaration and the Constitution (Founding American Documents). The name of “God” seems to rattle a lot of people, as though it is a threat. My guess is that these citizens have been trained to think that secularism is best, so they propagate lies about our Founding American Documents.
Finally, the fact that the Founders did believe in a Creator, the Supreme Judge of the World, Divine Providence, and whatever names they chose for God clearly was not meant to stifle freedom but to promote it. How do you remain free in a secular society? Look at the totally secular societies in the world today. Are their populations truly free? Are their rulers bastions of morality?
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