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Advertising Patriotism

The Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT) and the Forsyth County Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have erected a billboard along Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte, North Carolina. It shows an American flag with the text, “One Nation Indivisible.”  “Under God” has been explicitly left out, says a spokesman, to make people thing about patriotism.  The billboard is one of several that a coalition of athiest and agnostic organizations have commissioned for the four weeks leading up to the Fourth of July.

“A lot of people tend to think that those who adopt a view of the world that excludes the supernatural can’t be patriotic or are somehow less moral,” Richard Lawrence, the co-organizer of FACT, said yesterday. “It’ll force people to start questioning.”

The group notes that the Pledge of Allegiance, which the billboard quotes, was written in 1892 by a Baptist minister and didn’t include the phrase, “under God.”  It was added on Flag Day, June 14, 1954, by President Eisenhower. Continue Reading →

Within His Timeline

Billy Graham’s children may not agree where he’ll give his next – and likely last – sermon: in a Charlotte stadium or in a chair with a video camera. But the elderly evangelical patriarch thinks he’s got one more in him.

Ruth Graham told the AP that her father “is doing great” and that “he says God’s given him a timeline for his death. (Preaching next year) is within his timeline. He does not feel that this is the year he’s going to go to heaven.”

(h/t Religion News Service</ Continue Reading →