Some people take vacations at time shares or resorts, I go on road trips to explore new places. I Just came back from a road trip to the Detroit area, including downtown Detroit as well as the Dearborn area that included a stop at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
It amazes me how bad the perception is of Detroit. We did not stay in downtown Detroit, but we drove to the city, I parked in the Greektown area, and walked around town for a few hours before going to a Tigers game. Detroit Tigers Comerica Park is really nice and we enjoyed walking through the GM Renaissance Center. I wish I had allocated more time to explore the downtown Detroit area, time went by quickly.
People asked me, how was Detroit, and when I say I loved it, they really look surprised. I really enjoyed my trip to the area, never felt threatened and was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Using travelers "common sense" of knowing where I am going and not venturing into new areas without a clue, I felt less threatened in Detroit that I have in many others cities. I'm sure there are nasty neighborhoods I did not see, but around the areas I was in, it was not bad at all. Of all the road trips I have taken in recent years, the Detroit area is one of the few I hope to plan a return visit.
People who say that the origin of the United States of America was not rooted in a belief in God overlook that the Declaration of Independence clearly states a belief in our basic human rights that are granted to us by a "Creator."
Everyone is quick to throw around the phrase, "all men are created equal" but how many know the words that follow say, "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."
Opponents of references to God used in American government often point out that the phrase "in God we trust" was not adopted as the official motto of the United States until 1956, making the case that religious references did not exist before that time. Advocates of separation of church and state have questioned the legality of the motto "in God we trust" asserting that it is a violation of the United States Constitution, prohibiting the government from passing any law respecting the establishment of religion. Prior to the adoption of "in God we trust" as a motto, the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledgement of Americans as "a religious people" and the balancing of those beliefs within our society were explained in a 1952 court decision.
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