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Now, God banished from Washington Monument
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 26, 2007 | Bob Unruh

Posted on 10/26/2007 3:41:58 AM PDT by Man50D

The National Park Service has banished God from a key display of America's Christian heritage in Washington, and a California pastor who regularly leads teams of visitors to see markers of the nation's religious history wants Him restored.

The reference is an engraving of "LAUS DEO," which is Latin for "Praise be to God," and is on the east side of the 100-ounce aluminum cap of the Washington Monument.

Since the actual inscription on the cap, which on the other three sides provides other information, is unviewable atop the 555-foot stone column, the National Park Service has created a replica, which is on display inside the white-colored obelisk of marble, granite and sandstone.

The following photograph shows how the display was seen in 2000, when that inscription could be seen by visitors, even if at an angle:

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atheism; culturewars; erasure; freedomfromreligion; iconoclasts; lausdeo; nationalparkservice; nps; pc; revisionism; secularistsincharge; washingtonmemorial; washingtonsgod

1 posted on 10/26/2007 3:42:00 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Pharmboy

Of interest.


2 posted on 10/26/2007 3:52:44 AM PDT by Cagey (Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.......Thoreau)
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To: Man50D

One more sneaky liberal trick, one more person standing up to it.


3 posted on 10/26/2007 4:10:22 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Thompson / Hunter in 2008)
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To: Man50D
"Monument as it is atop the stone column, and then explained "there's not enough room," for the cap display to allow people to read the fourth side."

Put it on a motorized base so that it rotates. Won't take up any more room than it does now, and allows visitors to see all sides. More "politically correct" BS from the Fedgov bureaucracy.

4 posted on 10/26/2007 4:21:22 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: Man50D

When will we have enough of this?

Like the libs, I think everybody should start injecting Conservative and Christian “talking points” into every conversation. Make it a point when speaking to any public servant, regardless of station, to throw in a line of support for God and our Conservative beliefs. And then add, oh, I forgot, you’re forbidden to acknowledge God’s Greatness due to the separation of Church and State.


5 posted on 10/26/2007 4:22:00 AM PDT by papasmurf (sudo apt - get install FRed Thompson)
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To: Cagey
Thanks for the ping.

This is another dreadful development that The General himself would have been aghast at. He was a church-going, God-fearing man who believed that Divine Providence had kept him safe during his many battles since He had a plan for him.

This flies in the face of historical fact and is nothing short of an abomination to God and to the greatest American who ever lived.

6 posted on 10/26/2007 4:23:44 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they have to)
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To: Pharmboy
I hope that we will raise enough cain before they start dismantling the Jefferson Monument, which is full of scripture.
7 posted on 10/26/2007 4:27:15 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Man50D
At this very moment, I am working on developing "history interpretation" concepts for sites in the region surounding historic Caddo Lake in Texas and Louisana.

Perhaps some enterprising group could build a motor-driven turntable that slowly rotates the top of the pedestal on which the cap rests -- so that all sides are made visible. (Inexpensive clock-drive motors are readily available...)

Similarly, a public (and publicised) donation of a new interpretive placard to go under the cap-- with a "compass rose" to indicate the direcion each side faces atop the monument, and returning to the 2000 wording -- could be made and presented.

Seems to me that, with a large public outcry, (and with no dollar outlay on their part) the NPS would be forced to accept and use the donated "interpretive display aids"... .

8 posted on 10/26/2007 4:29:45 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Man50D

Bookmark.


9 posted on 10/26/2007 4:30:24 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Man50D

Donde esta Jorge???


10 posted on 10/26/2007 4:32:56 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
LOL! GMTA!! (See #8.)

That is such a simple and obvious solution that you just know the NPS's lame "reasons" for not using it are atheist-driven...

11 posted on 10/26/2007 4:34:27 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Alamo-Girl; betty boop

Opportunity for some effective activism by a few, ingenious and dedicated FReepers?...


12 posted on 10/26/2007 4:39:26 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Man50D

13 posted on 10/26/2007 4:44:53 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Man50D
When this nation loses it’s Christian foundation then the inalienable rights given to us by our creator shall also be lost.
14 posted on 10/26/2007 5:22:44 AM PDT by SQUID
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To: SkyPilot
Let's see: who has been the President during the period of the change? Was it the liberal Democrats Al Gore or John Kerry? Who controlled one or both houses of Congress during this time? Was it the Democrats? No in both cases.

Sorry, RINOs and Bushbots, this change cannot be blamed on Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, and associates.

15 posted on 10/26/2007 5:31:04 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Wonder Warthog
Put it on a motorized base so that it rotates.

Good idea!

16 posted on 10/26/2007 5:35:59 AM PDT by syriacus (30,000 Americans died in 30 months in Korea under Truman, REWINNING SK freedom.)
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To: TXnMA
Perhaps some enterprising group could build a motor-driven turntable that slowly rotates the top of the pedestal on which the cap rests

Rotating platforms for Christmas (oops) Holiday (sorry) Winter trees are not uncommon at flea markets and garage sales.

Seems ready-made for this purpose.

Note: Strikethroughs intended as sarcasm.
17 posted on 10/26/2007 5:36:40 AM PDT by chrisser
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To: Wallace T.

Anti-God sentiment seems to run high in this country, even here at FreeRepublic. As much as Bush claims to be a Christian, he hasn’t done much to help the cause.


18 posted on 10/26/2007 5:41:30 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: Man50D
This is an excerpt from http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/353.php

“Much has been written about the phrase “Laus Deo” appearing at the capstone of the Washington Monument. In fact, so much has been written that it’s taking on the appearance of an urban legend. While, technically, it is true that the Latin phrase meaning “Praise to God” is engraved at the top of the monument, it is disingenuous to state that fact without putting it into context: The phrase is just a very small part of a much larger series of engravings."

Very small part? The entire east face contains nothing but Laus Deo!

19 posted on 10/26/2007 6:07:02 AM PDT by Notasoccermom
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To: Man50D
Laus Deo faces the east. The highest point in the District of Columbia is 555 feet above sea level. The height of the monument is 555 feet and the base is a little above sea level. The height of the monument was chosen so that when the sun rises the first thing in DC that its light shines on is the side of the cap that says "Praise God."
20 posted on 10/26/2007 6:07:41 AM PDT by far sider
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To: TXnMA
"LOL! GMTA!! (See #8.)"

Thanks. I see from your post that you're working on a project for my native state (Louisiana). Love your tagline, I've been saying that for quite a while.

21 posted on 10/26/2007 6:18:05 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: Man50D

I’m surprised someone hasn’t gone to the National Archives and tried to black out the numerous references to God in Declaration of Independence.


22 posted on 10/26/2007 6:23:50 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: stevio

“As much as Bush claims to be a Christian, he hasn’t done much to help the cause.”

People here still don’t get it.

Bush is a politician, that is all he is and ever was.

He leveraged claims to be “Christian” and “Conservative” to become president so he could pursue his true passion: Big Government & Mexican migration.

Don’t ever put your faith in a politician, you’ll be dissappointed every time.


23 posted on 10/26/2007 6:30:16 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer
Don’t ever put your faith in a politician, you’ll be dissappointed every time.

Absolutely agree. That's why I'm Conservative, I want less politicians and politicians with less power.

24 posted on 10/26/2007 6:37:50 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: far sider
Laus Deo faces the east. The highest point in the District of Columbia is 555 feet above sea level. The height of the monument is 555 feet and the base is a little above sea level. The height of the monument was chosen so that when the sun rises the first thing in DC that its light shines on is the side of the cap that says "Praise God."

That makes sense and is one of those interesting facts that a knowledgeable tour guide would know. The NPS should know that and respect the intentions of the original designer/architect of the building instead of trying to rewrite history.

25 posted on 10/26/2007 6:39:22 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: RFEngineer
"...Don’t ever put your faith in a politician, you’ll be dissappointed every time..."

Dude, that is wisdom for the ages. The day I accepted that concept into my overall worldview it was as if an enormous weight was lifted off of me.

26 posted on 10/26/2007 7:09:17 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: NurdlyPeon

Didn’t some people get all bent out of shape when the Pope/Vatican donated a stone to the construction of the monument?


27 posted on 10/26/2007 7:59:12 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Man50D

So, who do we email about this?


28 posted on 10/26/2007 7:59:22 AM PDT by kc8ukw
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To: RFEngineer
I'll take Bush's Christianity over Algore or Kerry's anyday. Bush isn't perfect, but to believe he has something to do with a bureaucrat's decision to remove God from a monument is silly. Many bureaucrats make bonehead decisions every day and don't phone the president for permission. I'm sure Bush would have nixed the idea had he known about it. He doesn't know everything, and can't know everything.

This is why our forefathers said we should prefer Christians for our leaders. If the system worked as it did for 150 years, you wouldn't have gotten past dog catcher without an acknowledgment of Christ. When your name came up for a raise, I'm sure a discussion of moral character was included. People today would say that's discrimination. Then, it was common sense. To be able to design a government monument was an honor, I'm sure, given to people with a knowledge of our founders intent.

To listen to the morons today, you would think Washington, Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson wanted Christians shot on sight.

29 posted on 10/26/2007 8:52:44 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: chuckles

“Bush isn’t perfect, but to believe he has something to do with a bureaucrat’s decision to remove God from a monument is silly”

My comment was more atuned to the “hasn’t done much for the cause” comment. However, to say that he couldn’t affect stuff like this is disingenuous. He can affect it - at least the general attitude that all things Christian must be cleansed from government.

Instead Bush has chosen to grow government and replace government “compassion” with real compassion. His entire premise for becoming president had nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity or Conservatism. He is a big-government politician - as such he embodies the evil that our forefathers warned us about. Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson would all reject just about everything about the Bush presidency.

As a Christian, assuming you are one, you should rue the day that you support any politician (Christian or not) that seeks to grow government, because government is every bit as evil as our forefathers told us it was.

I know there is lots of “what if” with this next statement, but I truly believe that Conservatives would have been better served if Algore or Kerry were elected president, because Republicans would have likely retained Congress and we’d have a divided government that is the best scenario for containing government growth.

I don’t care if our president (or anyone in government) is Christian - I’d prefer they be irrelevant.


30 posted on 10/26/2007 9:59:26 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

“replace government “compassion” with real compassion.”

I meant “Substitute government “compassion” for real compassion”


31 posted on 10/26/2007 10:02:03 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

“.....it was as if an enormous weight was lifted off of me.”

Exactly....if we can be successful in spreading that opinion to more Americans we might have a chance of ACTUALLY lifting the enormous weight of Big Government off of you, and every other citizen.

One must come before the other, though.


32 posted on 10/26/2007 10:09:04 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: Man50D

“The National Park Service has banished God from a key display of America’s
Christian heritage in Washington...”

I suspect that George would not be pleased, no matter what his personal
concept of “G-d” or “Providence” may have actually been.

Washington’s God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country
by Michael Novak and Jana Novak
http://www.amazon.com/Washingtons-God-Religion-Liberty-Country/dp/0465051278/ref=sr_1_6/104-2220492-1043931?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193418756&sr=1-6


33 posted on 10/26/2007 10:19:38 AM PDT by VOA
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To: The Great RJ
I’m surprised someone hasn’t gone to the National Archives and tried
to black out the numerous references to God in Declaration of Independence.


Give 'em time.
34 posted on 10/26/2007 10:22:28 AM PDT by VOA
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To: All

bump


35 posted on 10/26/2007 10:23:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Man50D

Wow. I’m speechless.


36 posted on 10/26/2007 10:33:01 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Wallace T.

actually it is the institutional bureacrats.

and GWBush just signed STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES!!!!!

That will bring in votes,,,NOT!


37 posted on 10/26/2007 10:35:25 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Put it on a motorized base so that it rotates.

And if they refuse to do so, tell them to sit on an egg and rotate.
38 posted on 10/26/2007 10:39:35 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: Calvin Locke
Didn’t some people get all bent out of shape when the Pope/Vatican donated a stone to the construction of the monument?

Yeah, some history of the monument.

39 posted on 10/26/2007 10:42:26 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: VOA
I’ve always that that the belief in God is not the same as believing in a specific religion. God is, and will always be. To acknowledge this is not an endorsement or Christianity, but rather an acknowledgment of reality.
40 posted on 10/26/2007 10:42:48 AM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: Man50D
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Which part of that don't people understand?
41 posted on 10/26/2007 10:43:04 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: Man50D

To be honest, the first picture looks like the thing got bumped over to one side of the display case.


42 posted on 10/26/2007 11:21:20 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: TXnMA

I like your solution!


43 posted on 10/26/2007 10:04:58 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: far sider; Alamo-Girl; betty boop
...when the sun rises the first thing in DC that its light shines on is the side of the cap that says "Praise God.""

Thanks for that insight! Where did you pick up that jewel of information?

What brilliant (and appropriate) planning and symbolism -- and testimony -- on the part of our Godly forefathers!!

Don't let the liberals find out about it, though; they'll start a movement to rotate the entire monument 90 degrees -- just to thumb their noses at our Creator... :-(.

44 posted on 10/27/2007 5:27:59 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA
Wonderful! Praise God!!!

[and I agree we must not let the Democrats know about it ...]

45 posted on 10/27/2007 9:17:28 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: TXnMA

I’m writing a book actually. I’d have to go through my notes to say for sure but I think Newt Gingrinch mentions it in his book, Rediscovering God in America.


46 posted on 10/28/2007 1:06:04 PM PDT by far sider
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To: NurdlyPeon

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality. - George Washington

“The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.” George Washington

“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.” George Washington


47 posted on 05/23/2010 10:01:57 AM PDT by hahaney
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To: hahaney

Farewell Address: The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion” ...and later: “...reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle...”

“ It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” [speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs May 12, 1779]

“To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian” [May 2, 1778, at Valley Forge]

During his inauguration, Washington took the oath as prescribed by the Constitution but added several religious components to that official ceremony. Before taking his oath of office, he summoned a Bible on which to take the oath, added the words “So help me God!” to the end of the oath, then leaned over and kissed the Bible.


48 posted on 05/23/2010 6:05:56 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: hahaney

P.S. When you’re done with that, try this: http://www.eadshome.com/QuotesoftheFounders.htm


49 posted on 05/23/2010 6:08:42 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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