As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, schools in Kentucky are required to display the “In God We Trust” motto in a prominent location. It’s a clear endorsement of Christianity by what is supposed to be a secular government.
But as Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist pointed out, one school found an interesting loophole that satisfies the law while lowkey protesting the senselessness and illegality of it.
Fayette County Public Schools realized that there’s no size requirement for the display. So what they did is nothing short of wonderful. They took a copy of a $1 bill, framed it, and disseminated it to their schools.
If the Kentucky state legislature gives you lemons, make lemonade I guess.
While “In God We Trust” is indeed our national motto, it wasn’t always our motto. Until July 30th, 1956, our unofficial national motto was “E Pluribus Unum”, or “Out of many, one.” This occurred after President Eisenhower gave a speech in 1954, where he justified the addition of “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance by saying “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”
This is a wonderfully elegant solution to an incredibly stupid problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
As I’ve said before, if you genuinely think your system of beliefs are superior, there’s no reason to use force to spread your ideas.
The only reason to use laws to impose your religion is if you know your religion is too weak to stand on its own.
To be fair, that’s really the only pseudo-rational argument to be had in defense of religions like Christianity – the Bible is true because it says it’s true. There are few facts (and that’s being generous) and zero logical explanations to defend it. You’re stomping your feet, crossing your arms, and saying “this is true because I said so.” You can’t make a rational, coherent argument without throwing a fit and trying to force your beliefs down the throats of others.