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Pew Research Center Study Looks at References to God in State Constitutions

According to a Pew Research Center study, God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall. The states that most mention God or the divine are Massachusetts (12 references) and North Carolina (10 references). Tennessee’s constitution has four such references. States with only one reference to God or the divine in their state constitutions include Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Far from leaving God out of government, as some would have us believe, those who drafted our state constitutions thought it best to acknowledge a power higher than themselves at least once.

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Graduation Speech Pulled for Christian Content

Thirteen-year-old salutatorian Seth Clark of Akin, Ill., wanted to talk about God in his grade-school graduation speech to his small group of classmates but was denied the opportunity by the school district’s superintendent, Kelly Clark, who pulled his speech. One of the young Mr. Clark’s neighbors came up with a solution; he invited students to come to his house across from the school after the graduation so that the young Clark could give his speech about God’s forgiveness and living a holy life. An estimated 50–60 people took him up on the invitation.

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