It is said that the Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock in November 1620. It is also said that because these “Christians” came to the new world to worship God according to the dictates of conscience, the persistent belief of ill informed charasmatics is that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and therefore we must declare to the world that in, “God we Trust.” That belief is far off the mark!
From observation of history we can read that the government which was established by the Massachusetts Bay Company was not Christian but rather Mosaic. The “Body of Liberties” of 1641 stated that "If any man after legal conviction shall have worshiped any other god, but the lord god (?), he shall be put to death." Death was also prescribed for witchcraft, blasphemy, murder, sodomy, homosexuality, adultery, and kidnapping. Old Testament texts were literally copied into the New England law.
It was there that a bounty was placed upon the head of Native Americans by a payment of 12 (English) pounds for his or her scalp*. That was later raised to 100 pounds. Bounty hunters flourished and natives perished! It was there at Salem that the witch hunts [more bounty hunting] and executions by burning were carried out. The law was more like the Muslim Sharia law of Theocratic totalitarianism than Christian. (See: The Search for Christian America, pp. 28-35.)
Just seventeen years after Plymouth Rock, in the early morning hours of May 26, 1637, believing themselves to be directed by God. An armed group under the command of John Mason stealthily entered the compound of the Pequot Indian tribe and set the huts on fire then shooting anyone, men, women or children attempting to escape the flames. Those of the tribe that they did not kill that day they finished off later on July 14th. "God laughed his Enemies and the Enemies of his People to Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven ... Thus did the Lord judge among the Heathen, filling the Place with dead Bodies" (Segal and Stinenback, Puritans, Indians, and Manifest Destiny, pp. 111-112, 134-135).
Parts of the foregoing are paraphrased from Biblical Discernment Ministries - 6/98
Puritans had the notion that they were God’s special people and that they were establishing a new “Zion”. It was in fact the beginning of the diabolical doctrine of “Manifest Destiny” which nearly two centuries later re-spawned the notions of two New Englanders, Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young with their Old Testament/Muslim notions about Polygamy and totalitarian theocracy hiding behind a facade of Jesus Christ.
With this mindset of a special calling from God, the puritan fathers of America stole the land of the Indians and if they could not convert them to Christ they would slaughter them and even if converted were still discriminated against.
For more info on the savagery of the Puritans see: NEW ENGLAND FRONTIER: Puritans and Indians 1620-1675 by Alden T. Vaughan. 1965 (Little Brown & Company, Boston/Toronto), revised 1995
We see from conduct of later generations even after the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the idea of Manifest Destiny continued among American leaders with continued slaughter of Indians and theft of their land. 321 treaties of peace by Indians with the US government were broken by the government. Native Americans who survived the American Holocaust were herded like cattle onto reservations that “Christian” Americans deemed worthless land [The Jewish Holocaust had a precedent in America for Hitler to follow].
Indeed the evil concept of Manifest Destiny still lurks today in the shadows of our national leaders spurred on by such diatribe as found in the Bush agenda of the Project for the New American Century [PNCA Sept., 2000]. Even our current leadership has no apparent thought of backing off it!
IN GOD WE TRUST? WHO’S GOD? WHAT GOD? The war mongering God of the Old Testament; the "peaceful" God of the New Testament; the totalitarian God of the Koran?
IN GOD WE TRUST? For what purpose? That our mistaken belief the United States is God’s Chosen warrior to subdue all other cultures into submission by superior weapons inventiveness, inventory and deception? That the pilgrim’s pride of Manifest Destiny is not a delusion of evil proportions?
Ever since “Christians” invaded the Americas, land/resource theft, massacre, genocide, and mind control by a different religious indoctrination has reduced the former natives of the land to servitude or suicide. Suicide by Canadian Indians is reported to be the highest per-capita rate in the world followed by American Indians. Today only 2.5% remains of the populations existing at the time of the conquistadors. What European’s guns did not destroy their diseases did!
DNA proves the ancestors of the North and South American Indians migrated over the Bering land bridge from Siberia twelve to fourteen thousand years ago some six to eight thousand years before the time frames of the Adam and Eve myth spawning the malignant traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by which war and slaughter of human’s under any supposed guise or by repressive sanctions was given “God’s” approval!
We Americans have supported administrations that have deceived and betrayed us. From Andrew Jackson’s genocidal behavior in killing eight Hundred native Americans and allowing his troops to mutilate the dead bodies; his driving tribes such as the Christian converted Cherokees off their ancestral lands in mid winter with 50% mortality: the military incursion into Mexico to steal the territory of ten western states; The wars against the Indians to steal ancestral lands; the false flag operation of “Remember the Maine”; the infamy of killing 3,000 military at Pearl harbor; the false flag operation of 9-11 killing another 3,000 to control mid-east oil and aide and abet the establishment of Israel; building and using the A-bomb not once but twice along with the refusal to rule out first strike use of the 3,000 stockpile against any enemy; maintaining in excess of 500 military bases throughout the world to suppress the independence of other nations; spending more money each year on military/industrial adventures than all other nations combined; using torture not to achieve security for Americans but to cover up the conspiratorial conduct of a past administration!
The list could go on ad-infinitum!
“In God we Trust” to forgive us these offenses? No! We have to first admit our crimes against humanity; feel sorry and ask forgiveness!
America needs to repent and to confess our sins to the world and ask its forgiveness before God can or will forgive us.
We need to gain some humility by backing off the course of Manifest Destiny. It will be good for America and the world.
We could start by changing the engraving on coin and currency to, “God forgive us”, back off all future war games and close our military outposts.
Then and only then can we think in our hearts and show by our actions that, “In God we Trust”! And that God in whom we trust would be the true God of peace who predates by eons the mythical war mongering god of Abraham, Moses, Christ and Mohammed!
*scalping was not in vogue among the native tribes until the British and the Dutch used it as a trophy of war.