The House voted 410-8 in favor of it. (12 people abstained and 2 voted “present.”)
Who was brave enough to vote against it?
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA)
Rep. James McDermott (D-WA)
Rep. Ronald Paul (R-TX)
Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA)
But, alas, they were defeated by a large margin.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing to prevent the engraving — which I’m not optimistic about, but I wish them well.
I’m a fighter for the freedoms of speech and religion. They are our constitutional rights — what the First Amendment is all about. But those freedoms don’t give atheists the entitlement to eliminate or revise America’s religious heritage in the new $621 million taxpayer-provided Capitol Visitors Center, or CVC, in Washington, D.C.
He’s a fighter for freedom of speech as long as it’s Christians doing the talking. No one is asking the CVC to engrave a sign saying “There’s probably no god.” Atheists are saying we should keep gods out of our government.
It doesn’t matter if it’s our national motto. That doesn’t make it right. We shouldn’t be endorsing Christianity over other faiths, and we shouldn’t be endorsing theism over atheism.
Norris doesn’t understand that:
How could anyone have anything against the engraving of our nation’s motto, which is above the very speaker’s rostrum in the House of Representatives? How could anyone have anything against the same for the Pledge of Allegiance, which has been recited each day since its inception in both houses of Congress?
You all know the right response. The Pledge that was “recited each day since its inception” didn’t have the phrase “Under God” in it until 1954.
So, could the lawsuit by the Freedom of Religion Foundation prevail and prevent the engravings in the CVC? Are you kidding? Mark my words: If a few liberal judges get the case, and we the people do nothing, it will. And then that precedent will be used to extend their next argument that our national motto “In God We Trust” is unconstitutional.
Man, that would be awesome!
Because it is unconstitutional. And it shouldn’t be our motto.
As if Norris hasn’t shown enough ignorance, he digs the hole even deeper with this little nugget:
Atheists might not be found in every foxhole, but the bunker called the Capitol Visitors Center has a couple in there right now. I think it’s time that Americans let them know that the motto and pledge are not only at the heart of our country, but that whitewashing God from the walls of history is actually an unfair promotion of atheism and an injustice to all that is America.
Really…? The foxhole argument? Weak…
Norris makes a classic mistake: he thinks not mentioning God is automatically a promotion of atheism.
Which means he ought to also be pissed off at the post office, Taco Bell, and SportsCenter, because they don’t promote god either.
Atheists in general want religion to stay private. Don’t force us to accept your beliefs. In return, we won’t ask our legislators to put “There’s probably no God” on every damn thing that comes their way.