Hillary’s Secular Credentials Are Less Than Perfect

Blogger Debbie Goddard has posted an interesting piece about her interactions with then-senator Hillary Clinton in 2002, shortly after an appeals court in California had declared the “under God” wording of the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconstitutional. American lawmakers are quick to pander to constituents with outward displays of God-fearing patriotism, so it’s no surprise that many responded with outrage at the court’s decision. Unfortunately, as Goddard shows, Clinton not only did nothing to rise above the fray, but used the opportunity to assert her troubling views on the Pledge.

A Senate resolution was soon introduced to “support the Pledge of Allegiance,” and Senator Clinton decided to co-sponsor it. Goddard, a secular New York resident, wrote a letter to Clinton about the resolution, and she received a response that was hardly reassuring. Clinton told Goddard that “we should never forget the blessings of Divine Providence” and insisted that “we are indeed on nation under God.” Clinton even took the opportunity to connect theistic patriotism to militarism, saying it was especially important to support the Pledge wording “[w]hile our men and women in uniform are battling overseas.”

Source: www.debgod.com

Source: www.debgod.com

The entire Goddard post, which also includes some of Clinton’s floor speech in support of the Pledge resolution, can be seen here. (Historical note: the 2002 appeals court ruling was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court on a technicality.)

Another detail about Clinton that gives pause to seculars is her connection to The Family, a secretive conservative religious group that includes many powerful Washington politicians as members. Clinton’s relationship with The Family has been known for years (see this NPR piece from 2009), but has been given little attention as her presidential campaign has moved forward.

Maybe it’s time for secular Americans to start asking more questions of candidate Clinton?

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6 replies
  1. Ronald Martin
    Ronald Martin says:

    All the other crap this woman has accumulated during her Democrat sponsored tenure in government, and you find it absurd to support her for president, because she has no problem with the “God” clause of the Pledge???

    You, Mr. Niose, a proud attorney has no problem with a public official maintaining a private server to network classified government activities??? It’s a no wonder that your law practice is moot.

    • Jean
      Jean says:

      Hillary ‘ s use of a private server was made a moot point since Colin Powell and Conditions Rice did the same and no one ever questioned them.

      As for her secularity, that worries me much more. We need more politicians who are secular as the founding fathers set forth for our country with the separation of church and state being the one most important condition for our government. Any other design is totally unacceptable

      • Alex
        Alex says:

        Great to have a comment from you guys Thanks Scott & Susan. Hearing oehrts talk about their patriotism has always moved me. But to hear the depth of feeling in these two pieces from people that we all know and love is particularly powerful. It is good to know that my friends & readers feel the same way.

    • Jean
      Jean says:

      Hillary ‘ s use of a private server was made a moot point since Colin Powell and Condi Rice did the same and no one ever questioned them.

      As for her secularity, that worries me much more. We need more politicians who are secular as the founding fathers set forth for our country with the separation of church and state being the one most important condition for our government. Any other design is totally unacceptable

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

    Political pandering is her specialty. Her past is rife with corruption and duplicity. She is the very definition of a corrupt politician. That she has been anointed the front runner for the democratic party is mind boggling to me and a clear and present danger to the party.

  3. YiYi
    YiYi says:

    There is historical prceedent: I like Ike you could chalk it up to being famous for something else before running for office (winning WWII, putting up with bill clinton). Still, I can’t help but think that sexism has something to do with it.

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