In 1956, Congress passed a resolution declaring “IN GOD WE TRUST” as the national motto of the United States. President Eisenhower signed the law and the motto was added to paper money beginning in 1957. Opponents argue that the motto violates the U.S. Constitution since it is a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Proponents argue that it does not prefer one religious denomination over another.
Our rights are God-given. George Washington would have considered such a proposal to be very destructive: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens...."
The first amendment is about protecting citizens from government interference in their religious practices, not about removing the influence of religion from the public arena, including government activities. I fail to see how references to God on money and monuments equate to the establishment of religion. Removing references to God, just as surely, arguably support the establishment of secular humanism as a religion. These things were done at a time in history when religion took a more central role in our culture and in government affairs. No, don't remove such historic religious references. It's a waste of time and money and represents "sanitation" of the history of our nation. It's important that we, as a nation, remember the past from which we came.
Much of the "cryptic" symbols & references on our US American currency came about during our struggles to become a "new nation" during the past 400+ years. People from other countries (with their OWN cryptic symbols & religious references) should not come to the US & attempt to force us to change OUR history/historical belief references just because THEY don't agree with US. This includes Americans who chose to be atheist, agnostic, or of any obscure religion -or none at all. You work here (or collect welfare/unemployment, etc.) & receive US funds & are happy to try every means possible to acquire those funds to spend on the lifestyle you feel you deserve; THEN you want to admonish the majority of citizens for have references you don't like on that same currency!
I strongly support a separation of church and state, but I think we should do more to advance the representation of those who practice other religions or do not follow any religion at all. I also strongly support the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which bars the government from making laws based on religious beliefs.
No American values and most of the constitution is somewhat synonymous with Christianity. There is not freedom apart from that religion. We need to be reminded of that or we will find ourself at the mercy of a tyrant.
It doesn't need to be removed, just deemphasized. Personally held beliefs can be informed by one's own spirituality, but as far as policy and practices are concerned, there should be no religious influences or references made, outside of historical quotes or personal comments. When it comes to defining political platforms or discussing moral debates as they pertain to policy and practice, religion should be left out of it completely.
No, there is no law requiring the separation it was merely a letter to the continental congress from Thomas Jefferson. If some one can find a law please post it. I have put this challenge out a few hundred times with no federal laws confirmed.
I don't like the feeling of religion being pushed on to me, but a lot of people identify with religion. I don't agree with religion being the main reason for people's justification on different laws such as same sex marriage and abortion.
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