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-God is Referenced in Every State Constitution?

by Dr. D ~ September 5th, 2017

Religion in State Constitutions

While the Creator is not specifically referenced in the US Constitution, his name was invoked numerous times during its composition and a good case can be made that the Bible was used a a major source throughout.  But when it comes to state constitutions, God or the divine in referred to in all 50 documents. Here’s the story from Pew Research:

…God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.  …

In addition to the 116 mentions of God, there are also 14 mentions of a Supreme or Sovereign Being, seven mentions of the “Creator,” three mentions of “providence,” four mentions of “divine” and 46 instances of the word “almighty.” While there are 32 mentions of the word “Lord,” all but one refer to “the year of our Lord” and so are not direct references to God. (Indeed, the U.S. Constitution also makes reference to “the year of our Lord.”) There also are seven mentions of the word “Christian.”

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Response: It is now ‘common knowledge’ that there is suppose to be a ‘separation between church and state.’ But that separation was not as clearly defined in the past and when you read the original historical documents you find that the real concerns were not about keeping religion out of government but were more about eliminating sectarianism and for providing an environment of religious freedom. In fact at the founding of our nation a number of the states actually supported state churches.

Now there is a push to take God out of the public square entirely. Atheist groups like the FFRF are on the attack daily looking for what they consider to be ‘church and state’ violations. The fact is every state constitution probably violates their perception of the way it should be. In reality, these documents actually stand as a testimony against the current understanding of ‘freedom from religion’ and the eradication of God and religion from the public square as being the proper interpretation of the First Amendment.               *Top

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1 Response to -God is Referenced in Every State Constitution?

  1. Brian

    The Freedom of Religion clause in the First Amendment to the US Constitution was intended as a shield to protect religion from the State. It is now, however, being wielded as a sword against religion.

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