‘In God we trust,’ when politically convenient

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a Congressional resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto and supporting its placement on public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions. This House Concurrent Resolution 13, which passed by a vote of 396 to 9, with 2 voting present, was sponsored by Representative Randy Forbes (R-Va.). He added, "As our nation faces challenging times, it is appropriate for Members of Congress and our nation - like our predecessors - to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come."

What Forbes and many other Americans fail to recognize or acknowledge is that "In God We Trust" only became our official motto in 1956, at the height of the Cold War and the McCarthy witch-hunt for communists, as a means to separate us from godless communism. The de facto motto established by our founders had been E Pluribus Unum, which is Latin for "out of many, one." We are a diverse population, and this phrase confirms American diversity as our source of strength. We are one nation made up of people from many lands, and people of many faiths and none. Similarly, during the McCarthy era, the words "under God" were added to our inclusive "one nation, indivisible" Pledge of Allegiance.

Such sectarian religious propaganda fails to unite us. The phrase "In God We Trust" does not apply to more than 16 percent of Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist, nonreligious, or unaffiliated. There are millions of good Americans who simply do not believe in a deity, let alone trust one. Branding our secular country with a religious motto only creates division among its citizens and erodes the wall of separation between church and state. Our secular government should neither impose a religious motto on its citizens nor give an official stamp of approval to a particular religious worldview.

 

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I ask these questions of Atheists? Why contribute to a charity, or do good deeds..Why not let the poorest of the world starve? Who is to say such notions are wrong without a standard by which to judge wrong.. The atheist tell us they don't need or believe in God in order to be good or to perform good works "maybe not", but the notion of good must have a definition and a definer and in (Mark 10:18) Jesus said "Only God is good".. so, who is the author of evil? And if God is non-existent, why do we call it evil?.. Therefore, the only conclusion and possible answer is that God is the absence of Evil. And those that profess to not believe in God will scream the loudest as if the very devil himself were at their heels while they try to wipe the very name of God out of eveyone elses life.. Because it is easier to deny the Goodness of God in themselves, then to practice the evils of this world. There would be no need for rules, or courtesy toward one another or charities.. believe or not believe that is your choice, after all it was God that gave you free will to choose, I pray you choose wisely.. Peace!
I'm sick of these cockide politicians who spend more time worrying about votes for the next election. They never seem to have time to work on the issues that are dragging us down but have the time to waste on this crap. Are you kidding me!
AFAIC that's the best awnser so far!
I just recently wrote a response letter into the local newspaper in my area because a guy wrote that "god is all but eliminated from the political arena" and he said that "this country needs a miracle". I had to let him know that I feel this country needs people to focus on the things that are real and facing us in the here and now on this earth and not imaginary gods in the sky. I also felt that he had no understanding of church/state seperation. Thanks for the great educational article. I wish what you speak about would be common knowledge and understanding. Maybe someday I guess. I will try and bring this up in my blog sometime soon to try and pass the information along and get it out there. Maybe we could eventually gets things in this country secular just like the founding fathers intended it to be.
The real joke here is that most Americans really don't trust in god. Do you wear a seatbelt? Then you're not trusting god to keep you safe in an accident, you're trusting an engineer. Do you take your kids to the doctor when they're sick? You're not trusting god, you're trusting the doctor. The people who really do trust in god end up with dead children and prison sentences and the rest of us (even Christians) rightly call them crazy for trusting in god.
Not only does the resolution not apply to the non-religious but Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other minority religions. Where will all of this end?

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