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Help keep God’s name in America!!

What the hell, let’s just go the whole hog, right? Why not join In God We Trust – America in their wholesome plan to get that “national motto” (whatever the fuck that is) plastered all over every public building in the country.

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PROGRESS REPORT:

IN GOD WE TRUST~AMERICA continues to make exciting progress:

OUR NEW TOTAL – 349, “Yes Vote” cities and counties across America, now displaying our National Motto.

To view the update list. Click here.

featured1WE NEED YOUR HELP:  

JOIN THIS MISSION – HELP US KEEP GOD’S NAME IN AMERICA:  Is our National Motto displayed in your city and every city in your county??? We are asking Patriots like you, across America, to get involved with IN GOD WE TRUST~AMERICA.

We need volunteers to email our information to elected officials, in every city and county, in every state, in our country.

Yes!!! Let’s get together and force “God” on EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY.

Or as I said almost three years ago, Who’s “we,” bub?

Comments

  1. cubist says

    “In god we trust” is the US national motto?
    Hmm.
    Coulda sworn that “e pluribus unum” got there first, but according to Wikipedia, these particular godbotherers are technically correct, what with a 1956 edict signed by Eisenhower. Depressing.

  2. says

    And of course the insinuation here is that atheists as well as people of faith who want a secular nation aren’t patriots. Of maybe they are patriots, just not Patriots.

  3. says

    Apparently, it was named the national motto by Eisenhower in 1956. It was challenged in 1970 and the case made it to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The decision was very similar to today’s – it was fine because “It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise….” They quoted an earlier decision: “Short of those expressly proscribed governmental acts there is room for play in the joints productive of a benevolent neutrality which will permit religious exercise to exist without sponsorship and without interference. …”

    This is even worse than today’s given that it had been made the motto just 14 years prior (after a couple of centuries of “E pluribus unum” as the unofficial motto) and for what I understand was the express purpose of declaring the US a religious/theistic country in opposition to the godless Communists. That is in no way neutral and has quite a bit to do with the establishment of religion, as these wingnuts recognize.

    But it also shares the same problem as the Greece decision: If the motto or the prayers are “merely ceremonial” or traditional exercises, the response to people’s reasonable sense of exclusion and their opposition to the practice would be to change or end their use. It would not be “Let’s take this to the highest courts!” The fact that these decisions are being made by high courts itself destroys the claim that we’re talking about mere ceremony or tradition.

  4. Blanche Quizno says

    Back in early 2002 (if memory serves – maybe it was 2003), the Oceanside CA city council was debating installing a plaque declaring “In God We Trust” in its chambers, to be privately funded and donated. I took my two small, wiggly children and waited for a chance to speak at the open microphone for community reactions.

    Here’s what I said, “Thank you for the opportunity to speak tonight. It would be a shame if this august body were to allow this plaque to be installed and thus give the impression that people of one religion receive preferential treatment, by virtue of enshrining an expression representing their religion here in this public facility, which should be equally welcoming toward all of us.”

  5. Blanche Quizno says

    “It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise….”

    Yet change “God” to “Allah” and watch the riots ensue.

  6. Randomfactor says

    Oh, crap, that’s our local senile city councilwoman. She misrepresents her ward under a big “In God We Trust” sign.

    I KNEW I should’ve pounced on that name when they let the corporation status lapse…

  7. Ed says

    What about the rights of people who believe in God, but think he’s sort of a shady character or unreliable? If Job was a real person, he’d hate this motto!

  8. Blanche Quizno says

    I wonder if they realize that all this flurry of fanatical organizing makes their god look super lame and impotent….

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