Now, the first part of the correction I kind of understand, in that Obama said our national motto was "out of many one," which is only an unofficial national motto. While our official national motto is "In God we trust." And that's understandable, even if it's a bit lame, as E pluribus unum is one of our mottos, and it's really a lot better than the god one they came up with in the 50's. But whatever.
But the other part is ridiculous, as they attack Obama for "omitting" God from his speeches, because he mentioned that we have unalienable rights, without mentioning who gave us these rights. Similarly, they attack him for mentioning that we're united under one flag, without saying that we're "one nation under God." They even went on to complain that he did this repeatedly, which proves that it wasn't accidental.
And I'm sorry, but that's just stupid. It'd be one thing if he quoted from the Declaration of Independence or the Pledge of Alligence and skipped over the God parts. But the idea that he's supposed to reference God every time he references the Declaration of Independence or the Pledge of Allegiance is absolutely moronic. Seriously.
And the funny part is when they write:
The Declaration of Independence definitively recognizes God, our Creator, as the source of our rights.But uh, that's not actually the case. Because Jefferson surely could have written "they are endowed by God, their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights," had he wanted to. But he didn't. Hell, if he meant God, he could just have said "God," and left the Creator part out completely; as that would would have been implied. But he didn't. He didn't mention God at all.
And the only use of the word "God," in the whole document is a reference to "Nature's God," which is most assuredly not His name. Of course, "God" is merely God's nickname and not His name in any case, but there's certainly a distinction between "God" and "Nature's God." And again, if they meant God, they would have said "God."
And let's not forget that the Declaration quite clearly states that our rights are secured by the government, which derives its power from the consent of the governed. And again, they could have said it derives power from God or that God secures our rights, but they didn't. They didn't mention God at all. Not by name, anyway. It's as if they were being intentionally vague as to which Creator they were referring to, because it didn't really matter. They had rights that couldn't be taken away, and it was up to men to take care of them. And if they wanted biblical based laws, they certainly could have said so.
Now, maybe the Congressional Prayer Caucus might have some issues with Jefferson about this, as he certainly could have named which Creator he was referring to, and that's a conversation I'd really like to see. I'm just imagining Michelle Bachman, Steve King and the rest of these freaks informing Jefferson of this omissions, right before he blows up on them and kicks them out of the bar they found him in.
And that's just something conservatives really don't let themselves think too much about, as to why it was that our Founding Fathers didn't bother mentioning God in the Declaration, or why they forgot to mention in the Constitution that all laws need to be based on the Bible. And why they didn't think of "In God We Trust" as their national motto, or why they didn't force us all to recite a pledge to the flag. Conservatives are all about turning the clock back to 1776, just as long as they get to keep the God stuff that came later.