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· Moderator , Lifetime Gold Supporting Member, '07 R
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I thought that most of you would like to see this.

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

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 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

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!

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.

You may forget the width and height of "Laus Deo", it's location, or the
architects, but no one who reads this will be able to forget it's
meaning, or these words: "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders
labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand
guard in vain." (Psalm 127: 1)

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

· V-Twin Moddin
39,300 Posts
Interesting... and I have no problem with God in the govt within some reason. This nation was founded by Christians and is still populated by 90% Christians. This is true! The Mexican's that are Christians and that more than offsets the population on the non-christian imigrants...FO SURE!!!

This ranks right up there with not allowing the city hall's from putting out the manger scene and kids not saying the pledge at school. Just rediculous!! :rant:

· Moderator , Lifetime Gold Supporting Member, '07 R
20,176 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
It just pains me to think where we are all headed if the complete separation of church and state keeps going. This is not the affect the original amendment (separation of church and state) was meant to produce. :nonod:

· V-Twin Moddin
39,300 Posts
jeeps84 said:
It just pains me to think where we are all headed if the complete separation of church and state keeps going. This is not the affect the original amendment (separation of church and state) was meant to produce. :nonod:
Yeah this is a very sore subject with me...
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