One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. KruseThe provocative and authoritative history of the origins of Christian America in the New Deal era
We’re often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s.
To fight the “slavery” of FDR’s New Deal, businessmen enlisted religious activists in a campaign for “freedom under God” that culminated in the election of their ally Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The new president revolutionized the role of religion in American politics. He inaugurated new traditions like the National Prayer Breakfast, as Congress added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance and made “In God We Trust” the country’s first official motto. Church membership soon soared to an all-time high of 69 percent. Americans across the religious and political spectrum agreed that their country was “one nation under God.”
Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how an unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.
Ronald Reagan - " If we ever forget that we're one nation under God..."
This pithy passage, the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States, is very familiar to those who were instructed to stand and recite these words every morning in public elementary school. However, for the average third grader, this daily ritual of facing the flag and placing their right hand on their heart contains far more controversy than they might expect.
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Americans No Longer One Nation Under God?
As with any debate this country has about social issues, the level of craziness in public opinion varied. One radio host took a big leap into the abyss by insisting that Kaepernick is breaking the law. Bryan Fischer, who hosts Focal Point on American Family Radio, wrote a bizarre column making a case for forced patriotism. Fischer, you might recall, is the guy whose views are so extreme that even the Values Voter Summit stopped inviting him. Fischer goes on to rant about how non-military members have to stand and put their right hand over their heart, based on language in 36 U.
Or why the Pledge of Allegiance to the most revered symbol of the nation includes an explicit declaration of confidence in the Almighty? These now utterly commonplace markers of public piety were almost all created during the same decade — the s. Their initial enthusiasts, as described by the Princeton historian Kevin M. Kruse, were conservative Protestant ministers and businessmen who hoped Americans would not take their handiwork for granted. They believed the nation badly needed a religious awakening to reverse the depredations of a godless federal state. Fifield Jr.
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The Pledge of Allegiance is not as much a pledge of allegiance to the nation as it is to the U. Just click the blue button to get started. Do we really trust God or do we trust our nation more? The watering down of the gospel and the silence of many Christians has eroded the trust in God in this nation. Why say you believe in God as a nation, and yet follow ungodly principles and legalize murder abortion? Want to focus on prayer?