Should "in God we trust" be on our money, or does this violate atheists' rights?
Michael Newdow, and lawyer and doctor who is an atheist, has been working for many years to get the words "in God we trust" off money, and the words "one nation under God" out of the pledge of allegiance. He says this violates the constitutional assurance against any establishment of religion by the government. Although I am not an atheist myself, I tend to agree with him. It doesn't seem right or fair to have our money say, "in God we trust", when "we" means the American people. Atheists do not trust God. Are they, therefore, less American? Are they not part of "we"?
Seeing as that was the motto of our forefathers when they founded this country. I say to the Atheists deal with it. I'm getting tired of losing all the stuff I believe in or like because of a hand full of people that don't like it, and just want to see their name in lights, or as most say have there 15 min of fame.
I could care less if it does violate the so-called rights of atheists. Where the hell were they when we found the country on Christian beliefs? Why do they all of a sudden have a right to show up and decide that America is offensive to them. Who will it be next...the Muslims, the Jews. As a country, we damn well better understand our origins and our history and we damn well better quite attempting to change it so that we don't offend the next bunch who wanders in and wants to partake of the milk and honey of America. It is good enough that we allow folks to live here and celebrate their heritage but in the end, we are a Christian Nation founded on Christian principles...let's not lose sight of what makes up our centerline as a nation or we might just be relegated to wandering around with no direction...God! And...just one last question, where is it that we find a list of atheist rights in the Constitution of this country? WB
Although I think it's stupid that we print this ridiculous 60-year- old motto on our money and strike it onto our coins, I don't think we should take it off just beause some people are offended by it. With 300 million people, someone will always be offended by something these days. The only way people will stop being a bunch of whiney babies who want special consideration for themselves will be when we the people start telling others to shut up about themselves. Political correctness is the dumbest and most selfish concept ever conceived by man. "God" is a universal term used by Christians, Jews, Muslims, or even spiritual people with no defined religion. That motto could mean anything. I'm a liberal and a virtual atheist and see nothing wrong with the motto being on our money.
Though I understand the spirit of you statement, I would keep in mind that Muslims use the term Allah, Hindus usually use Visnu or Krishna, other traditions do have differnt names for the creator, I think it is something to consider as times change.
Legally, it does violate the constitution, but I'm an atheist and it doesn't really bother me.
@Wayne Brown: They were about half the people in the room when the Declaration of Independence was signed and the First Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.
Wayne, You're wrong. This nation is not a Christian nation. It is secular. This is why state and church is separated.
The reason "In God We Trust" is on the dollar has nothing to do with the rights of Atheists. The reason it is there is because the Federal Reserve put it there. It is not a federal entity so therefore, they can put whatever they want on their money.
This country was founded on Christian beliefs, why would we throw out our heritage - it's unAmerican
wow... um, it it a motto. it is a historical motto. God could mean anything you hold as a value or a belief...so what is wrong with that... and with all the problems we are facing right now, is this that important? maybe one should try using some other countries' currency since ours is devalued... maybe that is what we should be more concerned about.... hum?
I think that because this country claims to have separation of church and state the words should be removed. I hope China trusts God because the U.S. owes them a lot of money.
China and U.S. Debt
The largest portion of U.S. debt, 68 cents for every dollar or about $10 trillion, is owned by individual investors, corporations, state and local governments and, yes, even foreign governments such as China that hold Treasury bills, notes and bonds.
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/moneymatt … na-Own.htm
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