Jason Mosher (below), the Sheriff of Vernon County, Missouri, wants atheists everywhere to know that he doesn’t give a damn about them. If you have a problem with church/state separation, he wants nothing to do with you.
In a piece for the Nevada Daily Mail, Mosher showcases his ignorance about our nation’s own history and how it informs him:
After reading the book, I started thinking about the past of our nation. We are who we are today because of our past. There is a reason why the men and women who sacrificed so much felt the need to place the word “God” on our currency, our capitol buildings around the country, as well as in the Declaration of Independence.
What made them declare independence and fight for what we have is also what made our nation great. They may have fought for the separation of church and state, but they obviously fought for the right to put the word “God” all over our government property.
He seems to think the Founding Fathers put God on our currency (which actually happened in the 1950s) and put “In God We Trust” on government buildings (though the phrase wasn’t adopted as our motto until — hey look! — the 1950s). And the Declaration of Independence is obviously not a document we use to govern. Meanwhile, the Constitution, which is, makes the establishment of religion a no-go with the very first Amendment.
Mosher plans to follow in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers by pushing God in his own office:
I have ordered a copy of our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance, and when we receive it, it will be hung in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, along with our nation’s flag. It will be the entire pledge including the phrase, “one nation under God.”
Well, it won’t be the original Pledge, since that didn’t have “One nation under God” in it. That was only added in… let me think… oh right, the 1950s.
But don’t worry. If you point any of this out to Mosher, he has a response ready:
I will also be directing my staff on how to act if someone becomes offended by either one, and that will be to very politely and professionally show them where the door is.
Which, I guess, is what you do when a giant sign reading “Fuck you” would rub some people the wrong way.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)