Many State constitutions in the United States mention God: State constitutions mentioning God/divine

But the U.S. Constitution does not.*

What proposals have been made (say in the 19th century) to amend the U.S. Constitution to make it mention God?

*One explanation is given (The Strange Spirit of Solange Hertz – Expanded p. 88, PDF p. 97): Given that the religious aspects were in the Declaration of Independence, "It would seem fitting that references to Almighty God be reserved for a special document rather than sticking Him in between paragraphs on the workings of government."

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    Is there a question here?
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Mar 19 at 13:23
  • @T.E.D. Yes. I made it bold.
    – Geremia
    Commented Mar 19 at 18:32
  • Please edit the title to ask a question
    – MCW
    Commented Mar 19 at 21:25

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This can be answered by looking at the wikipedia article on proposed amendments to the US constitution. There is a specific mention of several attempts to incorporate Christian religious references :

The Christian Amendment, first proposed in February 1863, would have added acknowledgment of the Christian God in the Preamble to the Constitution.[8] Similar amendments were proposed in 1874, 1896, and 1910 with none passing. The last attempt in 1954 did not come to a vote.

  • Phew... I didn't know it was actually that bad... 8-O
    – DevSolar
    Commented Mar 19 at 19:35
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    The answer is NONE. Thankfully, The Establishment Clause has remained unchanged for over 230 years.
    – Alex
    Commented Mar 19 at 19:42
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    @Alex: The question was about proposed amendments. This answer points out that such proposals had been made, repeatedly, so "none" isn't the answer.
    – DevSolar
    Commented Mar 20 at 11:01
  • @Alex The Establishment Clause doesn't prohibit the federal government from recognizing God and that civil authority comes from Him; it prohibits the creation of a national religion.
    – Geremia
    Commented Mar 20 at 18:39
  • The recognition and acknowledgement of God as the Foundation of "Civil Authority", was a Jeffersonian concept expressed in The Declaration of Independence; however, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution-(more specifically...The Bill of Rights), were distinct documents, whereby the former, was more philosophical in tone, while the latter was more juridical and legalistic in tone. The purpose of The Establishment Clause was to prohibit a national religion, though inherent and implicit within that prohibitive language, was the omission of any explicit referencing to God.
    – Alex
    Commented Mar 20 at 20:52

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