"So I opened the pamphlet and read the final paragraph:
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Deeply moving—but, I thought, something isn’t right. Did you notice what had been omitted? What’s missing is Lincoln’s description of the United States as a nation under God. What Lincoln actually said at Gettysburg was: 'that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.' The American Constitution Society had omitted Lincoln’s reference to the United States as a nation under God from the address he gave at the dedication of the burial ground at Gettysburg."
The excerpt above comes from a piece at First Things and was written by Robert George. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton. I suppose some would classify Professor George as a "religious fundamentalist" and guilty of "historical fundamentalism."
George goes on to point out . . .
"The omission of the words 'under God' in a document characterized as a founding text by a liberal legal advocacy organization in the context of our contemporary debates over the role of religion in American public life and the meaning of the Constitution’s provisions pertaining to religion is just too convenient. We now have positive evidence that they know exactly what they are doing, and, to achieve the result they want, they are willing to violate scholarly consensus, common sense, and the memorization of generations of schoolchildren."
You can also see the common narrative in this event and what I've pointed out in two recent posts here and here. One can clearly see the real agenda of the left and academic revisionists. You can read Professor George's complete piece here.