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Monday, July 20, 2009

“Trust in God” another fight over government religion

Once again the attempt to roll over atheist, agnostics and other non-believers are being fought in the Courts. It all boils down to Rep. Dan Lungren wanting to spend nearly $100,000 to engrave the words "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance in prominent spots at the Capitol Visitor Center, in Washington DC.

According to The Wichita Eagle;

…” The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. sued last week to stop the engraving, accusing Lungren of trying to force his religious beliefs on as many as 15 percent of all U.S. adults. That comprises "atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers, none of whom possess a belief in a god," according to the lawsuit.
"It really is a Judeo-Christian endorsement by our government, and so Lungren is wrong," said Dan Barker of Madison, Wis., a co-president of the foundation. "Lungren and others are pro-religious, and they want to actually use the machinery of government to promote their particular private religious views. That is unconstitutional, and that's what we're asking the court to decide." ….

Few in the house opposed it. The vote went 410-8.
Each time this slogan is challenged, the legislators are quick to act startled, surprised and we can just hear the fundamentalist's corrus of “Oh not them again. They’re just a minority.”
And yes we are just a minority. But aren’t Asians, Native American Indians and African Americans.
In his defense Lungren said that the phrase "In God We Trust" had a long history and was consistent with the beliefs of America's founding fathers. He also said that the Declaration of Independence referred to rights given by a creator.
If historical accuracy is what he’s aiming for, he needs to have slaves holding up the banner and dead Indians below it. The original constitution was written entirely for white Christian men. Hasn’t the country changed a little since 1776? Just as women are considered full citizens with the right to vote, non-believers have the same rights.
It may be an inconvenience to some to have to be sensitive to the rights of non-believers, but it is the right thing to do and Christian Americans might as well get used to it.

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