American Idol

Over the past week or so I’ve received a bunch of e-mails like the one above. Sorry guys, but I go right for the delete key. My question is; what’s all the commotion about?

This quasi-religious motto has become such an ‘engraved’ part of our national consciousness that it is almost invisible. I seriously doubt if anyone sits and ponders this little prayer before slipping it into the slot machine. (Perhaps each coin and bill are like the little prayer flags of the Tibbetan Buddhists?) But if you are a believer, why would you want to associate God with ‘filthy lucre’ ? Why would you think that God endorses the money of the U.S.A. any more so than that of imperial Rome’s? Perhaps he even finds the implied association with money lenders to be insulting.

And if you are a crusading atheist – get a life. The I.G.W.T. slogan has been appearing on our coins since the mid 1800’s. Who cares if there are some lingering superstitious trappings attached to the design of our money? I don’t hear anyone on either side of this debate outraged at the inclusion of symbols representing elements of the secret-world-dominating-pagan-cult of the Illuminati. How come it’s only the atheists and Christians who are always upset? Why aren’t the New Agers demanding something like “IN GAIA WE TRUST”? I guess they’re just a bit more relaxed about things. Ommmmmmmmmmmm.

Of course, I could be wrong. Just this past summer one of God’s official prophets had a revelation:

While in a trance on the afternoon of July 26, 2008, Bob (Jones) heard the audible voice of God say “America has forgotten Kate Smith’s song……..God Bless America! They are cursing America more than blessing her with their words. Their words have power. I have not forgotten her; I love her. If they don’t begin to bless America, she will go down!

Huh? I guess we should start thinking of her as Saint Kate, patron saint of stadiums. Puts a new twist on the End Times scenario, though – “It ain’t over ’till the fat lady sings. Hit it Kate!

What do you think? Is this issue important to you one way or another? Is the U.S.A. somehow special in the eyes of God, so special that he would consider us before the French or the Chinese or the Iranians? Or is it that some of us are really worshiping a made in America idol?


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  1. #1 by Alan on August 27, 2008 - 10:16 am

    If not, try I looked it up there to remember the author’s name. 🙂

    I find the history interesting and worth getting to know. Their story is our story… the good, the bad, the ugly… and all in between.

    I did an article that Precipice magazine published that touched on these ideas.

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