I’ve been seeing more stories lately about local city councils voting to put up “In God We Trust” plaques in their buildings. There’s no much we can do about it. All they have to do is say “It’s the country’s motto!” and the argument that it advances religion becomes moot, even if that’s entirely accurate.
In Klamath Falls, Oregon, though, at least there was some resistance to the idea:
“If ‘In God We Trust’ is going to be placed on that wall, shall we then place ‘Allahu Akbar’ on this wall for our Muslim citizens? Or ‘Yahweh is God, you shall have no other god before him’ on that wall for our Jewish citizens? Or ‘We bow down to our Mother Earth at this time of solstice’ on the back wall for our Wiccan citizens? Then we have the Buddhists, the Baha’i, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Orthodox Catholics and so on.
“God knows what we’ll do with the atheists,” said Trish Seiler, Klamath Falls City Councilwoman. “Choosing one faith over another by placing the proposed plaque in this room is not only unconstitutional, it is morally wrong. It is not the American way.”
Some of the local residents offered alternatives:
[Liz] Schmitt suggested “In God We Don’t Trust,” for contrast and “for those who don’t,” she said.
I’m guessing that one didn’t go over very well because it would alienate a lot of people — and that’s precisely the problem with putting up “In God We Trust,” even if Christian officials can’t understand that.
The best solution, however, came from a little girl:
[Austin] Folnagy said a friend of his, a 3-year-old girl, had a good suggestion:
“Rather than ‘In God We Trust,’ why don’t we say ‘In Love We Trust,’” he said, “because God is love?”
What a great idea. Let’s do that everywhere. Big signs that say “In Love We Trust.” Only because I know Christians will complain about it — and they’ll have to take an anti-love position. It’s the same reason they’re now in the minority when it comes to LGBT rights: They took a position against love and decent people everywhere knew better than that.
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