detail that is not mentioned about government and religion is that
in the District of Columbia there can never be a building of greater
height than the Washington Monument. With all the uproar about removing
the Ten Commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your
On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC,
are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In
fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even
there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less. (ALSO SEE
Once you know Laus Deo's history,
you will want to share this with everyone you know. But
these words have been there for many years; they are 555
feet, 5.125 inches high perched atop the monument, facing
skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69
square miles, which comprise the District of Columbia,
capital of the United States of America.
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words.
Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very
meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is
the most powerful city in the most successful nation in
the world. So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed
of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly
mean? Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!"
Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848,
when James Polk was President of the United States, it
was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and
opened to the public. It took twenty five years to finally
cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation,
Laus Deo...."Praise be to God!"
What about separation of church and state? Separation
of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution.
So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to
carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.
Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps
and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at
the landings the memorial stones share a message. On the
12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore;
on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children
from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7,
Luke 18:16and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!
When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid
on July 4th,1848, deposited within it were many items
including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Praise be to God! ! Such was the discipline, the moral
direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder
and first President of our unique democracy...."One Nation,
From the last paragraph of a circular
letter dated 8 June 1783, addressed to the governors of
the thirteen states by General Washington upon his disbanding
of the Continental Army ~ Have you never read it? Well,
now is your unique opportunity, so read on!
"Now I make it my earnest prayer that God would have you
and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection,
that He would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate
a spirit of subordination and obedience to government,
to entertain brotherly affection and love for one another,
for their fellow citizens and the United States at large,
and particularly for their brethren who have served in
the field, and finally, that He would most graciously
be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy
and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and
pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics
of the Divine Author of our blessed religion and without
an humble imitation of whose example in these things we
can never hope to be a happy nation."
When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public
places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily
find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed
everywhere you look.
Though many try to disprove and reason, their arguments
are weak and easily proven without basis. Their efforts
will forever be in vain; God assures us of that. Have
you noticed as of late, how many more people are coming
together, affirming the fact that this nation was, from
the beginning, built on God? Any nation that is not built
upon God will fail. Do you wonder why, when other nations
fall into an abyss, does the United States continually
prosper? Now you know, but do not let the arrogance of
some instill doubt within you. The truth is... We have
always been one nation under God! Laus Deo! Praise be
You may forget the width and height of "Laus Deo," it's
location, or the architects but no one who reads this
will be able to forget its meaning,or these words:
"Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in
vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen
stand guard in vain." (Psalm127:1)
It is hoped you will send this to every child you know;
to every sister,brother, father, mother or friend. They
will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson
in history that they probably never learned in school.
With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on
those who will never see.
they want to remove these crosses as well?
The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing to eliminate the cross
from all government entities. In 2004 the ACLU threatened the city
of Redlands, CA, (historically known as "the city of chruches")
and the County of Los Angeles (which was founded, along with hundreds
of other California cities and counties, by Christial missionaries)
with lawsuits to force the eradication of the cross from both seals
because it is allegedly unconstitutional and offensive to non-Christians.
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