Originally created 01/13/04

Faithful can keep personal reminders

Regarding Richard Lathan's Jan. 7 letter to the editor, "Whatever name you use, God is God":

Mr. Lathan appears to be upset because some people want to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. He must not know that the Pledge of Allegiance was composed without the words "under God," and that we of the senior generation still recite it as "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Mr. Lathan should know that the words "under God" were inserted into the pledge by "mere mortals" in Congress. The original pledge, written on or about Oct. 11, 1892, had no reference to the term "under God."

If Mr. Lathan needs a two-and-a half-ton piece of stone with the Ten Commandments inscribed thereon - or some kind of wall decoration - to remind him about God's word, then his memory isn't functioning very well.

Perhaps he could copy the Ten Commandments onto a small piece of paper and carry it in his pocket. That way, he can remind himself of them every day and behave accordingly.

Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.


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