Skip to comments.Now, God banished from Washington Monument
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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One more sneaky liberal trick, one more person standing up to it.
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.
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.
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.
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"... .
Donde esta Jorge???
That is such a simple and obvious solution that you just know the NPS's lame "reasons" for not using it are atheist-driven...
Opportunity for some effective activism by a few, ingenious and dedicated FReepers?...
Sorry, RINOs and Bushbots, this change cannot be blamed on Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, and associates.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
“As much as Bush claims to be a Christian, he hasnt 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.
Absolutely agree. That's why I'm Conservative, I want less politicians and politicians with less power.
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.
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.
Didn’t some people get all bent out of shape when the Pope/Vatican donated a stone to the construction of the monument?
So, who do we email about this?
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.
“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.
“replace government compassion with real compassion.”
I meant “Substitute government “compassion” for real compassion”
“.....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.
“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
Wow. I’m speechless.
actually it is the institutional bureacrats.
and GWBush just signed STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES!!!!!
That will bring in votes,,,NOT!
To be honest, the first picture looks like the thing got bumped over to one side of the display case.
I like your solution!
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... :-(.
[and I agree we must not let the Democrats know about it ...]
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.
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
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.
P.S. When you’re done with that, try this: http://www.eadshome.com/QuotesoftheFounders.htm