God leaves Washington

Some people call me a conspiracy theorist or a myth buster, but when it comes right down to it, it's all about finding out the truth. To fine the truth, you usually have to dig below the surface of just about anything. And right now, my sniffer is picking up on something, all right.

It's a fact: God is getting squeezed way out of Washington, D.C.

Now, before you read any further, know this: I'm not here to spout off my beliefs in God or religion. But I am a firm believer in accurately reporting history - whether or not I'm proud of it, believe in it, or even like it.

And whatever my personal beliefs may be, I think it's a dangerous game to try to erase the heritage left by our founding fathers - religious or otherwise. But that's exactly what's happening every day in this country.

I could give dozens of examples, but this is the latest one to cross my desk.

"Laus Deo," or praise be to God, is inscribed on the east side of the aluminum cap that sits high atop the Washington Monument. Since not too many people have the opportunity to see the real thing, the National Park Service has created a replica.

In 2000, the replica was displayed in such a way that all four sides could clearly be seen, but in 2007, the "Laus Deo" side of the monument has been pressed so closely to the wall that no amount of straining or contorting can allow you to see the inscription. It was mysteriously removed from the plaque's description as well.

In 2000, it read, "APEX OF THE MONUMENT The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God)."

In 2007, the last sentence is no longer there. Instead, it reads: "CAP OF THE MONUMENT The builders searched for appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time - aluminum."

A National Park Service ranger said, "It's not a conspiracy or anything" Yeah right.

This whole Washington Monument issue might seem minor - and by itself, it is. But when you tack it on to other anti-God movements that are done in the name of being politically correct (like calls to rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance), suddenly the molehill becomes a mountain.

One more thing: I just read a story about some high school students who put up a poster advertising a program called Operation Christmas Child. The school forced them to replace the word "Christmas" with the word "Holiday."

I'm pretty sure there's nothing in the books (as of yet) that actually outlaws God or Christmas. But if we continue down the path we're on, it won't be long in the making.