brian on 2003.04.23
at 11:41 pm
Georgia is considering designing a new flag to replace its controversal, Confederate-cross-bearing flag.This article about it, and its new "motto" (In God We Trust), is brilliant. I am not against religion in any way (shape or form). However, I do find it to be wholly out of place when involved in government. The framers of the Constitution agreed.
It disturbs me when I see a bible in court or in a "swearing in" ceremony. It's on money, and soon it may be on Georgia's state flag (replacing a flag with a confederate emblem, with a flag with a confederate emblem and a reference to monotheism).
"It's being put on the flag to increase its acceptability to voters," Bordeaux said. "I had a colleague say that putting 'In God We Trust' on the flag will ensure that it will pass because, as he put it, 'Who will vote against God?' I think that's a sacrilege to use God to sell a flag."
And that's exactly my problem with it, too. And the fact that in America's 2000 or so religions, many involve much more than a "God" in the Christian sense. Every time I see "In God We Trust," I read it as government propaganda, and a slap in the face of constitution. And cheapening to everyone's belief of choice. But, who's going to stand up against this? Not politicians. They raced each other to criticize the possible removal of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. God doesn't exist to lend faith to a government. It should be trustworthy enough to stand on its own.
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