Turns out there’s one very brave commissioner in Roane County, Tennessee.
The problem is that he’s outnumbered by a bunch of conservatives who think it makes perfect sense to stick the words “In God We Trust” on the county courthouse:
A proposal to put the phrase “In God We Trust” on the Roane County courthouse is moving forward but not without a fight from one county commissioner.
Roane County Commissioner Steve [Kelley] says he’s been an atheist since he was a teen.
“It means I don’t believe in God,” explained [Kelley]. “I don’t have any problem with religion, religion is fine, it serves an important role in our society but not everybody has to have a belief.”
“It kind of diminishes my citizenship,” said Kelley.
The battle to put the phrase on courthouses has been fought recently in surrounding counties including Morgan and Anderson, but Kelley says he’s concerned over the possibility of lawsuits for the county.
“Just because other people have done it doesn’t make it right,” he said.
That last part is key because similar moves have survived legal challenges on the basis that the phrase is our nation’s motto… (because that somehow takes away any religious reasons for having it.) It’ll be paid for by private donations, but that doesn’t diminish the effect it’ll have on non-Christians who have to enter the building.
It’s ironic, really, to put that sign on a courthouse of all places. That’s supposed to be a place where we win or lose on the basis of our testimony and evidence, not because a higher power deemed it so. God is the last person you want to be trusting in a courthouse — after the judge, your lawyer, your eyewitnesses, etc.
But you know how it goes with Christians like these. They’re like dogs who need to pee around their food to mark their territory. They won’t be satisfied until their version of God is acknowledged everywhere in the county — Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and atheists be damned. They don’t care that they’re sending a signal that suggests, “You don’t matter to us.”
In any case, thanks to Steve Kelley (below) for being the sole voice of rationality in a sea of ignorance and Christian privilege:
(Thanks to Chris for the link)