OK, my fellow heathens and everybody else who gives a shit about the separation of church and state. As expected, Congressman Randy Forbes’s resolution to shove “In God We Trust” in everybody’s faces passed in the House yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with this crap, and it’s time to take a stand!
As the full title of Forbes’s resolution says, this isn’t just about needlessly reaffirming a motto that’s already the motto, it’s about getting this motto displayed in even more places than it already is. The full title is: “Reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.”
Forbes wants more people to see the motto? Well, I want less people to see the motto — and to know that there are a lot of other Americans who object to it. And, where’s the place most people see it? On our money, of course.
Have you ever been in an argument with a Christian nationalist where their “proof” that we’re a Christian nation is “In God We Trust” is our national motto? Have you been called a hypocrite for having no problem spending money with this motto on it?
My answer is that I DON’T spend money with the motto on it. I cross out the motto with a Sharpie on every dollar that passes through my hands. I’ve been doing this for years, and have heard from quite a few other people who are doing the same thing. But we need EVERYBODY to do it!
How many millions of bills could we mark if every single atheist and other person who objects to the motto all started crossing out the motto?
Picture the disgust on the faces of every fundie who gets one of these bills with the motto crossed out and has to spend it!
And, lest anyone worry that it is illegal to deface money in this manner, it isn’t. The law says that to be illegal the intent of marking a bill has to be to “render the note unfit to be reissued.” This, of course, would absolutely not be our intent. The whole point is for other people who get these bills to see them, so we would obviously want them to stay in circulation as long as possible. I think it would be pretty hard for someone to argue that our intent is to render them unfit to reissue. That would completely defeat the purpose of crossing the motto out.
So, I’m now asking everyone to get a Sharpie and start crossing out “In God We Trust” on every bill that they can! I also think it would be cool for us to write our zip codes on these bills so we can watch them spread across the country.
JUST DO IT!