The Pierce County Council in Washington state discussed a proposal today to add the phrase “In God We Trust” to its chambers. Of the seven-member council, only two have the courage to speak out against the idea:
Council members Connie Ladenburg and Rick Talbert, both Tacoma Democrats, said they oppose the proposal.
“I just think it kind of opens up the door for possible controversy,” Ladenburg said.
“I think it also is kind of limiting in regards to a Christian god,” she said. “If we’re going to do something, we need to be more inclusive than exclusive in recognizing deity.”
Talbert said the council should “try to be inclusive of all our citizens’ beliefs and not a single belief, even if it’s the belief of the majority.”
“There are a lot of other issues we should be focusing our attention on,” he said. “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you always should.”
Two voices of reason… surrounded by conservatives who want to legislate their theology by couching it in patriotic jargon:
“This is a celebration of our national motto,” [Council member Jim] McCune told a council committee last week.
Council Chairman Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, supports displaying the motto.
“I like it,” Roach said. “I just think it’s a reminder of the principles the country was founded on.”
Turns out it’s very easy to support displaying the motto when it promotes your religion. And the supposed Christian principles our country was founded on included slavery and the disenfranchisement of women. It’s not worth celebrating.
The final vote isn’t until tomorrow, and it’s not too late to contact the council members and tell them to vote against this proposal — especially if you live in the area.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)