TIM WILDMON: All of the 50 states constitutionally acknowledge God

By Tim Wildmon

My how out country has changed when it comes to public acknowledgments of God. High schools are now threatened with lawsuits if they continue the tradition of having prayer before football games. Yet, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives open with prayer each session with a chaplain paid for with tax dollars. It has been that way since the founding of our country.
And all 50 of the states have an acknowledgment of God in the preamble of the constitutions. There was a long period in America where acknowledgement of God was a given in the public arena, not considered a violation of the law. Consider these.
• Alabama, 1901: We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution …
• Alaska, 1956: We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
• Arkansas,1874: We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government …
• Colorado, 1876: We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe …
• Connecticut,1818: The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
• Delaware, 1897: Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.
• Georgia, 1777: We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution …
• Illinois, 1870: We, the People of the State of Illinois – grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors.
• Mississippi, 1890: We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
• New Jersey, 1844: We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
• North Carolina, 1868: We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those …
• Oklahoma, 1907: Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this …
• Rhode Island, 1842: We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing …
• South Carolina, 1778: We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
• Tennessee, 1796: That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience …
• Texas, 1845: We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
• Vermont, 1777: Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man …
• Virginia, 1776: Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other.
• West Virginia, 1872: Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God …
It is a shame how the ACLU and their ilk have changed our country through the law schools and through the courts.
Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.