Our Founding Fathers would be pleased with the 4th of July celebrations in New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. In each case, God Bless America was sung with enthusiasm and conviction by those attending the festivities.
And the "separation of church and state," a phrase created by Justice Hugo Black in a Supreme Court decision of 1947, was certainly not evident in the public's spirited rendition of Lee Greenwood's Proud to Be an American which ends “God Bless the U.S.A."
The celebrations in Boston and New York were privately sponsored, but the program in Washington was supported, in part, by the National Park Service and the U. S. Army. Those without faith will undoubtedly sue to prevent their participation in 2013.
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, commenting on our Nation's birth, said:
"Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the Great Lord of The Universe."After the Revolution, Thomas Jefferson said:
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed a conviction these liberties are a gift from God?"Since 1947, numerous decisions by the Supreme Court have censored many expressions of faith in public life, but on July 4th, 2012, thousands of patriots from across the country asked God to "bless America from the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam."
God is still relevant in these United States, and God is still guiding this great country founded on what George Washington called the "pillars of morality and religion."