Tuesday, May 23, 2006

In God I Trust

Recently, my friend John posted something really interesting to me about a local elementary school in Keller, Texas where the principal chose to omit the words “In God We Trust” from an oversized United States Nickel depicted on the yearbook cover. Students were given the option of affixing a sticker with the words to the book if they so chose, but the public outcry has been substantial. The principal, in his defense, states that the words were left off to avoid offending students of different religions.

But, it does not specify in a Christian, Catholic, Muslim, etc., God we trust. It simply states "In God We Trust" so no religion should be offended. Ninety-two percent of Americans say they believe in some form of higher power, so how is this offensive? Who is complaining?

If your an atheist, I really don't care if it offends you. Sorry.

Please, don't cry separation of church and state either...

The separation of church and state just means that Congress shall not impose a state religion on the populace.

Religious/Spiritual language is used in the founding documents of this great country from the Declaration of Independence and the National anthem, to our currency.

You can't walk into a store and buy groceries with scripture however, if you present a piece of paper printed by the government you can buy anything. Would it be more accurate for it to have "In Money We Trust" printed on it?

Our religious/spiritual heritage, which was present at the founding of America, and which in recent years has been eroded by judges who wish to rewrite the Constitution, needs to be protected. Generations to come need to understand that the liberties we enjoy, the tolerance and morality of this great nation and its system of laws are based on belief in a righteous and compassionate God. Freedom of religious expression needs to be restored not curtailed. Which to be accurate, is what is actually occurring.

I won't tell you to get out of the country if your offended by those simple words, but I would ask you to respect the large percentage of people that do believe. Also, the history on which this great nation was built. This Nation Under God.


Blogger Season said...

It is so crazy to me that people would do this! It's just like not saying "Merry Christmas" but instead saying "Happy Holidays". I'm not into that at all.

23/5/06 20:45  
Blogger Tracy said...

I'm trying to think of a really intelligent way to agree with you...but the truth is, it is just plain common sense that a country founded on freedoms must include a population that, as you said, at least respects the beliefs of others and in turn those VERY freedoms. We should not have to alter the depiction of money that is used every day by every citizen of this land in order to satisfy the overused idea of political correctness. Political correctness should be guided by the founding "politics" of this country.

23/5/06 22:41  
Anonymous Alberto said...

I’d say you succeeded in agreeing in a very intelligent way… ;)

24/5/06 14:24  
Anonymous Alligator said...

Screw Political Corrected-ness! Sorry, that's not politically correct.

25/5/06 13:14  

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