Thursday, April 14, 2005

G-d - America's favorite mascot

According to PA HB 1012, which becomes effective May 15th:

In 1956, the United States Congress adopted the motto "In God We Trust" as the national motto.
It is currently codified at 36 U.S.C. § 302 (relating to national motto). On July 24, 2000, the United States House of Representatives, along with the concurrence of the Senate, unanimously resolved to encourage the display of the national motto of the United States in public buildings throughout the nation.

The Federal 5th, 9th and 10th Circuit Courts have ruled that displaying the national motto passes constitutional muster so long as the purpose of the display is to advance or endorse the national motto rather than a particular religious belief or practice.

Apparently, awareness of this motto helps provide public school students "A proper understanding of United States history and government." As such:

The board of directors of every public elementary and secondary school in this Commonwealth may permit administrators and teachers in each public school to prominently display the motto "In God We Trust," which is declared in 36 U.S.C. § 302 (relating to national motto) to be the national motto of the United States, in each classroom, school cafeteria and school auditorium.

How better to further instill the message that G-d is nothing more than a cheap, meaningless motto to be bandied about to make a statement that in the 20th century, the US went out of it's way to make an ineffective claim of faith and in the 21st century we used this as historical justification to make sure schoolchildren are aware we consider ourselves morally superior for using G-d in our slogan.

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