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The ignominy of heathenism

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This is remarkable: the history of the "In God We Trust" motto on American currency. In 1861, a minister wrote to the secretary of the treasury, saying:

What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the allseeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.

This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism.

One thing that I think those of us opposed to putting too much God into public affairs tend to miss is that this isn't just something imposed on us from On High; the reason our leaders support it is that their constituents, by and large, support it. If 90% of US citizens are opposed to the ignominy of heathenism, us ten-percenters are unlikely to make much headway. So although I was pleased to hear of the court decision, I never expected any real changes to occur as a result. The fact is, America is a Christian nation in all sorts of ways, despite the presence of many non-Christians among its citizens. Unfortunate but true.

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Talk about a monkey using a hammer! What makes a heathen a heathen? Are they somehow different from us, therefore their heathenism? So, perhaps we are heathens to them. I do not make a big deal about religion, nor do I make a big deal about democracy unless you threaten it. Without democracy do we have freedom of religion? duh,NO! So how do we seperate democracy from 'In God We Trust'? The two are the same, are they not? So doesn't freedom of religion equal democracy? Does in my book. The two cannot be seperated, but together the two create arguments for the ignorant.
Bill Haywood
PS If I am wrong, flame me!


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