Rich Galen

Then came the claims that Beck's call for a religious renaissance in the United States was somehow anti-Constitutional. The First Amendment, as you well know, does not forbid the mention of God in American life - even official American life. In fact, it appears to say just the opposite:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (emphasis added).

I didn't go to the Beck rally because it is not the sort of event I enjoy attending; but I did watch much of Beck's speech on CSPAN which covered it live. According to NBC some 300,000 people did attend and covered the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

That counts as a major event, even in Your Nation's Capital.

Dr. King's 10-minute speech 47 years ago changed, as our Declaration of Independence put it, "the course of human events."

We all know the second paragraph of the Declaration includes this sentence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Not many of us have read all the way to the bottom since Vince Mirandi's high school social studies class. Our Declaration of Independence ends with these words:

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Renewing our "reliance on the protection of Divine Providence" doesn't seem like such a bad idea, even after 234 years.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at