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Does God Bless America?

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Pope John Paul II
John Paul II, sometimes called Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. | Photo: Getty Images | Pope John Paul Ii, Catholic, Church, Religion, Vatican,

This saying seems at odds with every religion

I can't figure it out, and I've thought about it. Why is 'God bless America' a popular saying?

It seems somehow, elitist, exclusionary. I mean, if we go by inference, what's between the lines, or what remains unsaid, if God blesses America, what about the rest of the world?

Why would God bless America if he did bless it (assuming God is a he)?

I never hear anyone say, God bless France. Or, God bless the United Arab Emirates. I never hear a foreigner say, God bless my particular country.

Many people over the centuries have invoked God's name, including soldiers when they conquered other countries by saying 'God is with us.'
But God bless America?

This seems to be a peculiarly American wish. First of all, if God only blesses America, and doesn't bother to bless Uruguay, then God represents America, not Uruguay. God is supposed to be the God of all people, believers and non.

This saying seems at odds with what every major religion on the face of the earth claims, the universality of God, in other words, my God is God'-of all people. I never hear the Pope say the Catholic God blesses only America. According to the Pope, God will bless you if you're Catholic, wherever you are.

If God only blesses America, he must be America's God, not the God of Mongolia.
When you say God bless America, America only makes up about five percent of the world's population. What about the rest? They don't matter?

What if I made it even more exclusionary and said God bless Reno? Everybody else is left out. Now, I'm sure God could find something nice about Reno to want to bless it. It has gambling, and it has hills that turn golden in the sunset. But if you said God bless Reno, and reasonable people heard you say that, I'm certain most would say that sounds a little bit foolish.

They'd think you were a moron. God bless Reno?
Why should God bless America?

Why should God bless an artificial border created by men. Women had very little to do with both the Louisiana and Gadsden purchases of 1807 and 1853. Why would God bless a 3,000-mile swath of the North American Continent that was created by purchase or outright conquest from its original native inhabitants, or Spaniards who had come before? A confederation of states ruled from the District of Columbia, a tiny piece of land stolen from Native American Indians, so named for the Italian explorer Columbus who mistakenly thought he was in India and thus called them Indians?

Why would God bless this area of land and the people in it? If we go back a short hundred years, it must be obvious he (God ' assuming God is a man) didn't bless everybody. How could he? Native Americans were conquered, annihilated or placed on reservations where they were starved by the government. Women were as cattle to their husbands and didn't have the right to work or vote. Blacks were slaves. Mexicans were considered inferior by the ruling elite.

The drawn up Constitution which said 'We the people' left everybody out except white, rich, land-owning founders.

Would God in his infinite wisdom bless such a land?

Right wing haters and nuts will accuse me of being against God and America, and I'm really not. It just seems that way. It's my manner. I question things.
Maybe God blessing America is a more modern thing. He (God) has only done it since the 1930's. He ignored us before, but he blesses us now.

Originally, God Bless America was a song coined by composer Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Beilin), a Jewish immigrant from Russia, as he languished at an army post in the U.S. during World War 1. Its opening stanza was copied from an old Yiddish tune called "When Mose Leads his Nose," and later became a popular song in the 1930's sung by Kate Smith. The saying seemed to take on special importance during the Red Scare days of the 1950's when Americans thought they were going to be wiped out by Godless heathen Russia in a nuclear war. So paranoia, some founded in reality, some not, may be behind this statement's popularity.

Lucy Pinder
Lucy Pinder

Lucy Katherine Pinder, born December 20, 1983, is an English model and a dedicated conservative. There’s no evidence, however, that she believes in heaven or angels or the Bible or God. But then, there’s no evidence to say she doesn’t. There’s just nothing. | Photo: Loaded |
But we haven't answered the question. Why would God bless America? Why would he want to? Is it because we are better than other people? Is it because we have a higher standard of living than many impoverished countries?

Does God consider America his best creation, his finest achievement, the cream of the crop?

For God to bestow his special favor on Americans, there has to be a reason. I realize that God bless America is essentially a request. We're saying, God, please bless America. But why would God? And do we not want him to bless the people of other countries?

We seem to have many of the same problems other countries do, including a higher crime rate, poverty, pollution, drugs.

Isn't this a bit like a few of us forming an exclusive club? And to make ourselves feel better, saying to others 'keep out?' This is only for us. It seems to imply ownership of God. Is it because we think better of ourselves than we do of others, many of whom are less fortunate?

Is it because of God we seem more fortunate than other countries?

Shouldn't it be instead, God bless all good people, wherever they can be found?

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