The motto of the United States of America up until 1956 was E PLURIBUS UNUM, meaning out of many, one. A very befitting motto for a nation of immigrants starting anew united as one.
However, in the 1950s something happened. A new breed of politician came into power with a great fear, a fear that the “godless communists” were encroaching on the American way of life and something must be done about it.
What’s one way to make sure everyone in the world knew the United States wasn’t about to bend over to the commies? Create a new national motto, and “In God We Trust” was born.
Here’s the thing though – In which God are we trusting?
In a nation of many religions, and many Gods, all of a sudden we are to trust in a blanket theology? Who is this God we are trusting? Which one? Zeus? Allah? Jehovah?
That’s just it, it’s a blanket term that holds no clout and no semblance of what the United States stands for. Everyone is still allowed to worship as they choose, but now we’re “one nation, under God”??
There is not one God mentioned at all in the U.S. Constitution. NOT ONE.
There is however, the freedom of religion.
The first amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
It’s pretty darn clear. No laws regarding religion shall be written, either based from our about, and everyone is allowed to worship or not worship as they choose.
Thanks founders!! Thanks for the freedom!!
That freedom is now trying to be eliminated by people who think their religion is the best religion and the religion everyone else should be following.
Whose religion is the best religion? Well that is certainly in the eye of the beholder, and everyone has the freedom to follow whichever one they see that to be.
If you are trying to pass laws that limit another citizen’s freedom to live life as they choose because it goes against your God and your religion, you are going against the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” but you can still do as you choose on your own time “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Plain and simple… Really.
Well that, and there’s also this: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” – 14th Amendment, Section 1
Which really limits the ability for others to write laws that limit the rights of others… yes, that includes religion.
Again I ask, in which God are we trusting?
We’re not, or you can, or whatever, that’s a personal opinion and a personal right that someone can make for themselves. The phrase “In God We Trust” alone is actually unconstitutional. We don’t trust in a God, but any citizen as an individual can trust in any God they choose.
Many get mad they cannot impose their religious beliefs and way of life on others via legislation. They’re mad that the constitution doesn’t actually allow that, that’s why they want things like “marriage amendments” and such, so then they can say, “look see! It’s in the Constitution.” However, it is not, never has been, and freedom willing, never will be.
Letting others have the same rights you have doesn’t limit the rights of you to still believe whatever you want nor hinder your ability to live the way you choose. Equality is just that — equal. Not special rights, equal rights.
So if we’re going to keep “In God We Trust” it should really be amended to “In God We Trust… Or Don’t.. Whatever You Want Really.”