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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Capitol Visitor Center omits "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance

From The HILL.com:

Delete Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) from the list of admirers of the new Capitol Visitor Center.

DeMint issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the new facility for "omitting the history of faith." DeMint noted that the new tourist spot ignored his request to include the phrase "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance.

DeMint said the center, which opened Tuesday, also has displays that are "left-leaning and in some cases distort our true history."

Here's DeMint's full statement:

“The Capitol Visitor Center is designed to tell the history and purpose of our nation's Capitol, but it fails to appropriately honor our religious heritage that has been critical to America’s success. While the Architect of the Capitol has pledged to include some references to faith, more needs to be done. You cannot accurately tell the history of America or its Capitol by ignoring the religious heritage of our Founders and the generations since who relied on their faith for strength and guidance. The millions of visitors that will visit the CVC each year should get a true portrayal of the motivations and inspirations of those who have served in Congress since its establishment.

“The current CVC displays are left-leaning and in some cases distort our true history. Exhibits portray the federal government as the fulfillment of human ambition and the answer to all of society’s problems. This is a clear departure from acknowledging that Americans’ rights ‘are endowed by their Creator’ and stem from ‘a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.’ Instead, the CVC’s most prominent display proclaims faith not in God, but in government. Visitors will enter reading a large engraving that states, ‘We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution.’ This is an intentional misrepresentation of our nation’s real history, and an offensive refusal to honor America's God-given blessings. As George Washington stated clearly in his first inaugural address:

‘…[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.’

“The fundamental principles of the freedom we enjoy in this country stem from our Founding Fathers’ beliefs in a higher power, beliefs put forth in the Declaration of Independence and manifest throughout our Constitution,” said Senator DeMint. “If we cease to acknowledge this fact, we may cease to enjoy some of the freedoms we take for granted. We must not censor historical references to God for the sake of political correctness. And we must truthfully represent the limited form of government the Constitution lays out so that our ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’ So help us God.”


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1 comment:

Alter of Freedom said...

Lenses have been a major issue for decades in terms of liberalism. I am a student of history and read quite a bit of histories and biographies from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods as well as early Presidential biographies. There it seems has been a silent goal or end to remove much of what our true history is in place of a reformed history. Not unlike what happened to religion under a reformed church analagy. They cloud the lenses when they bring in modern thought to rationalize history. It begs the question, is our history static? It always amazes me to hear pundits who evidently are all "experts" in history, philosophy, political science, government policy, and lastlt military scholarship try and use a version of history through their lense of political ideology to validate the present. We saw this alot when the series John Adams was running on HBO compared to say the series Generation Kill. The latter was too close to the current experience and was avoided in analysis but of course the John Adams series was fair game for talking points.
One thing I would like to see is the States fo back to fighting for States Rights in this area and pass legislation over the liberal education special interest groups regarding the pledge and of course some of our more honored sacred traditions and challenge the current wave of correctness with historical fact.
What needs to be confronted is why its now is appropriate to have a picture of Obama above the chalkboard in classrooms where there was never one of Bush before..whats the message being sent to our youth with this construct by educators? Whats the message sent with the removal of the Flag from classrooms and the removal of the pledge from elementary schools across the nation.
Liberalism knows that the sword of the future has always been the manipulation of history and our founding principles. When we raise generations of youth which have never learned or embraced exactly what this nation stands for or is truly all about exactly what kind of "grown-ups" do we get in society?
Ask yourself this. How many as a percentage of military enlistments or the armed forces in general come from the South versus the other regions of the country? Answer that question (the why) and it will enlighten you as to how it is the liberal Northeast while greatest in population has the least amount of native born enlisted or officer class in the military. It all starts with the lack of embarcing our history and its siginifance through education.

Is the visitors center a museum by classification? Probably not and thats the loophole liberals will use as to why it is framed in the manner it is. It seems to be we as a nation need an affirmative action movement regarding our real history and traditions--that would be a great start.