Two Democrat state senators from Minnesota – Scott Dibble and John Marty – are opposed to a bill asking schools to display a poster with the words “In God We Trust.”
Dibble and Marty are afraid that some students might be offended. In fact, Marty said on the State Senate floor, “The money in my wallet has to say, ‘In God We Trust.’ I think that’s offensive.’”
Like clockwork, an atheist group “claim[s] the posters would violate the separation of church and state…. ‘It’s not the state’s business, and it’s not the school’s business, to be taking sides in this very personal decision,’ August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists said.”
There’s no such constitutional prohibition. In fact, the Minnesota Constitution mentions God:
We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
The First Amendment is addressed to Congress to protect the states on the topic of religion.
Why not make posters of the Preamble to the Minnesota constitution and place them in all the classrooms? That would shut them up or force them to change the Constitution and the other 49 state Constitutions.
The following email was sent to me in response to an article I wrote about Michael Newdow, the lawyer who has been trying to use the courts to remove “In God We Trust” from our nation’s currency and “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
It’s typical of the way atheists think.
Dear Mr. DeMar,
You wrote: Following Newdow’s logic, equality means that America should be officially atheistic. Of course, Newdow would claim that taking “In God We Trust” off U.S. currency is not atheism; it’s neutrality. If God is not acknowledged by our government, then the government is atheistic. Atheism is defined as “no God” (a=no + theos=God).
By that logic, it seems to me that the roads, paper, desks, and all the other objects used by government (except, of course, things such as our money) are atheistic as well. After all, none of those things have “In God We Trust” on them.
So, too, I imagine are the shoes you wear, the toothpaste you use, and the children you bore (when they first arrived, at least).
So, I just wanted to say that we Atheists (who embrace all of our fellow humans) are glad to have you among us.
Here was my response to the letter writer that applies equally well to the two state senators from Minnesota and August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists and atheists in general.
Newdow has taken an action to remove “In God We Trust,” not because he believes that it’s not necessary, but that it’s a fiction, and governments should not be involved in promoting fiction. By this action, he claims to be “neutral.” He is not being neutral…
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