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My Objection to Placing FDR's Prayer on the WWII Monument 

Mark A. Goldman                                                                 Dated: 11/8/2011


Obama correctly decided not to allow FDR's Prayer to be placed on the WWII Monument.  To some this is a controversy.  Part of FDR's prayer reads as follows:

“Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

To put such a statement on our national monument would be a defacement of the monument and an injustice to FDR.  For while FDR surely meant well, these words were inappropriate and not well chosen.  What our sons were certainly not endeavoring to do is preserve 'our religion.'  For the United States of America does not have a religion.  The Constitution specifically forbids our government from establishing a national religion.  The attempt to add this prayer to the monument was dishonest on its face for it was a deceitfully blatant underhanded attempt by some to affirm that Christianity is our national religion, which it is not.  Attempts in recent years by successive administrations to tear our Constitution apart piece by piece has been progressing faster than I ever could have imagined, and this was just the latest attempt by some at shredding another significant piece of it.  While Obama has done his share of undermining our country's founding document, at least this time he did the right thing.  It would be wrong of me not to acknowledge it.

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