Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Government art that reflects faith in God

Two more striking examples displaying America's government and cultural shift since the 1940s can be found in federal artwork from the World War II era.

During the war, government posters championed God as our country's protector, and portrayed belief in God as a source of strength for patriots defending us. Our nation's enemies were cast as threats to our Judeo-Christian religious practice and heritage.

These World War II posters may be a real shocker to those who blindly accepted our contemporary culture's spin oseparation of church and state. Government has not always tried to ban religion from the public square. Less than 70 years ago, belief in God (in a non-sectarian way) was extolled in government art.

U.S. Government Printing Office 1942/Northwestern University Library collection

U.S. Government Printing Office 1943/Northwestern University Library collection

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