You know what the problem is with having “In God We Trust” on our currency and having it displayed in city council halls all over the country?
It’s just not enough for some people.
In Texas, Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector Ron Wright has taken the liberty of ordering a new printing plate for envelopes and tax statements just so he could put the religious motto on everything.
Wright said he had been thinking about adding the motto for about the last year. When there was a notice the office needed to order more envelopes, he decided it was a perfect time to add the phrase.
So far, the county has had only received one phone call from someone upset by the addition. Wright said some may see it as a religious statement, but he also sees it as patriotic. President Eisenhower signed a law making “In God We Trust” the national motto in 1956.
“I think it was more seeing the elimination of the phrase and how things that have been iconic to us and have been important to us historically because of lawsuits and things like that,” Wright explained/ “People are almost afraid to mention God anywhere officially.”
Fear isn’t the problem. The problem is that people who know it’s illegal to promote religion through the government are hiding behind the fact that it’s also our motto to make it happen. (Why is it our motto? Because government officials pushed it through in the 1950s when God was basically given a free pass through Congress for any and all reasons.)
Wright is using the Motto Defense to give a big middle finger to all the atheists in the county, and he’s using his office to do it.
(It’s a little odd, too, that this comes from the tax assessor, given that the Bible has something to say about the mixing of God and mammon.)
I’m sure there’s more than just one person upset by this. Maybe those people don’t know that the number to Wright’s office is 817-884-1100. (Be polite if you call, but be clear about why this is a problem.)
(via Raw Story. Thanks to Brian for the link)