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timber84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:10 AM
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Subject: God and the United States .....History Lesson




Something you don't learn in school


High Atop the Washington Monument

I thought that you might like to see this, I wasn't aware of this fact. One
detail that is not mentioned, in DC, 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 time. I was not
aware of this historical information.


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.

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, unnoticed 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 !!!

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in
the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major
segments. >From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan
of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant... a perfect cross imposed upon the
landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the
south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a
cross; 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 18:16 and 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, Under God."

I am awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have you never read it? Well, now
is your unique opportunity, so read on!

Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States
in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to
cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain
a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of
the United States at large." And finally that Thou wilt 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 a
humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a
happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Laus Deo! As you probably guessed, over 92 percent of Americans like the idea
that our Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase "under God." It is clear when
one studies the history of our great nation, that Washington's America was one
of the few countries in all the world established under the guidance, direction
and banner of Almighty God, to whom was given all praise, honor and worship by
the great men who formed and fashioned her pivotal foundations. 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.

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 it.

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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:13 AM
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1. Snopes Status: Multiple see link
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:23 AM
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6. Snopes: Your First Stop for Debunking Spam!
Google can also let you know how common each piece of dreck is across the Internets. Could this be the original source? (Caution: BAD web design)

www.palletmastersworkshop.com/lausdeo.html

Some of those pesky e-mails are considered "Glurge." Not this one, but you'll recognize some of these:

http://glurge.com /

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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:14 AM
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2. Snopes has a long article about this.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/monument.asp

The last paragraph points out that although many monuments, includng this one, have religious references on them, they reflect the attitudes of the 19th century, when they were built, and not those of the Founding Fathers.
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:16 AM
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3. If I ever made it to the top of the Washington Monument
I would say "Praise God" too, and then I would probably die. So the prayers would be a good thing.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:17 AM
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4. From Snopes
http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/monument.asp

Also, the Washington Monument is a Masonic thing, not a Christian thing - nowhere does it talk about Jesus.

Also, since fucking when does an inscription on a masonic monument influence Constitutional interpretations...

Basically, if you resend something that ends up in Snopes - and I have done so myself - you should say you're sorry and won't do it again.
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:18 AM
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5. Who cares? All you need to ask `em now is if...
... they're willing to be indicted alongside their great and good friends in the Bush administration, just to sort of stand up for their beliefs, y'know.... :)
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:30 AM
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7. I like the way you think. That should keep them quiet for a while.
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maine_raptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:30 AM
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8. If I Remember Correctly....
It was a group of Masons that capped the Washington Memorial. Washington himself was big into "Masonry", which does have Biblical pretensions.

The Masonic Movement was heavily involved in the creation, funding, and building of the monument. Thus the connection with the Bible and the Cornerstone.

This part, the idea of a cross:

one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant... a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

is totally laughable. L'Enfant lived and died well before Lincoln and certainly before the Jefferson Memorial was ever conceived.

Yes, there was a "Washington Prayer". Washington was, after all, a Deist, he believed in a Supreme Being, that he called "God". But so what when it comes to the controversy over the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Washington was well dead when Congress, not George Washington, inserted those words into the Pledge. There is no connection between the "Biblical-ization" of the Washington Memorial and the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance.

America is not the same as it was back then, nations, like children, have to grow up.
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