...so long as it's not in our backyard!
In a story that slid under the radar last week, American officials convinced the Iraqi Provisional Authority to change the Iraqi flag, removing the words "God is Great".
Saddam Hussein added the words "God is Great" during the Iraq-Iran War to prove to the world that his secular nation was in fact a theocratic nation after all. There's a similar tale in US History.
During the Cold War, Eisenhower had a similar idea. If only godly Americans would put "under God" in our pledge and "In God we Trust" on our currency, then we could easily distinguish ourselves from the evil atheist secularists of the Soviet Union! When Michael Newdow recently questioned the Constitutionality of this action before the 9th Circuit and the US Supreme Court, Democrats and Republicans alike united in an unprecedented show of solidarity... against secularism and freedom of religion. Will the US government see the irony in imposing secularism abroad while mandating theocratic oaths within our borders? I would say only God knows, but I think we all know that's a lie.Posted by Donald Lathbury at May 5, 2004 09:46 AM