Why “In God we Trust”
By Curtiss Wikstrom
founders firmly rejected the absolute power of the state. Our human rights are not conferred upon us
by the state, but by God. Every
individual has rights that the state cannot abrogate. Our Declaration of Independence says that when the state tries to
abrogate those rights, it is no longer legitimate, and we have the right to
overthrow it and replace it with a government that respects our God given
rights. Whoever the sovereign is, whether
King or Congress, they have a duty to God to recognize and respect the rights
of each individual.
Our federal Bill
of Rights is written to protect us from the Government. It specifically says that the “Congress
shall make no law …. abridging the freedom of speech…” and so forth. It does not grant rights, but recognizes our
God given rights, unlike the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which
assumes the power to grant rights. Our
founders did not use “whereas” clauses because God given rights don’t need to
be justified by government. They looked
at our rights as sacred and absolute, not a “common standard of achievement” of
The reason to
have a Constitution is to prevent even a majority from violating individual
rights. Even a majority must justify
its use of force, based upon higher moral principals. It has no right to declare whatever moral principles it
faith of our founding fathers is responsible for our Constitution of
liberty. That faith asserts that the fountainhead
of liberty is the recognition of the sovereignty of God, and the intrinsic
worth and dignity of every single individual.
The state must observe moral law in making laws, it cannot decide for
itself what is moral law.
Without a higher
moral authority, without God, there is no basis for individual rights. Even so, even an atheist should be happy to
say “under God” in order to affirm that the rights of an individual are not
subject to the whim of the state.
believe that it is not the state that gives us our rights, and that rights
belong to individuals, not groups or governments, and because we do not put our
trust in the state, we say “In God we Trust”.
We pledge allegiance to the United States of America because it is a
nation “under God”. Otherwise it
would not deserve our allegiance.