Should Religion Be Carved In Stone...Again?
Cheers to the separation of church and state!
I came across a recent news story on Yahoo! about California Rep. Dan Lungren wanting to use public monies to carve "In God We Trust" on the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. A national group of atheists, which says it represents more than 15% of the nation, has filed suit to stop the engraving.
Just a short opinion here. Though I am not an atheist, I believe it is contrary to the national interests to spend public money to create a permanent religious monument (read shrine) on a public building, especially in Washington, D.C. I go on record as being in opposition to the engraving and stand in law and support with the atheists.
Religionists have been arguing for at least a century and a half that this nation is Christian. Nothing is further from the truth. There is no national religion in the U.S. The Founding Fathers knew that tyranny would be the outcome if the Christian religion--or any religion--was allowed to rule.
The United States does not need a theocracy. Just take a look around the world and at past history to see the result of religions being the power center. Disaster.
(For the full article, check out the Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com/ and read article/20090719/NEWS15/90719011/-1/rss07.)