By Kelly Haugh
The House of Representatives voted 396-9 to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as our national motto on November 1 and encouraged that it be publicly displayed on all public buildings, schools and other government agencies.
President Obama, most likely bitter over the Republican stymieing of his Jobs Bill in the Senate not once but twice in October, called out Speaker of the House John Boehner for the vote by saying, “In the House of Representatives, what have you guys been doing, John?…You’ve had legislation reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto. That’s not putting people back to work.”
Obama may think this gesture was a waste of time but many believe it’s a welcomed and necessary gesture in an age when the basic principles this country was founded on are often forgotten or fall under attack.
Too often in America, political correctness run amok forces us to compromise our values to kowtow to a vocal minority who think their feelings and beliefs should matter more than those of the majority. Sadly, the courts seem to feel the same way and the majority of Americans are forced to suffer so a small group won’t have to. It’s beyond ridiculous that our rights and beliefs aren’t given the same consideration just because there are more of us.
Over the past several decades, atheists have tried and often succeeded in stamping out public mentions of God and prayer. A cross put up by World War I veterans in 1934 to honor their fallen brothers was the subject of a contentious legal battle last year because it resided on federally-owned land in the Mojave National Preserve. When the courts ruled it could remain there for the time being, the cross was stolen in the middle of the night and supporters were banned from erecting a replica, allowing the criminals to beat the veterans.
Historic monuments of things like the Ten Commandments have been ordered removed from courthouses and other government buildings. In Dover, Pennsylvania, the mere mention of the Intelligent Design Theory as an alternative theory to evolution in a public high school science class was ruled unconstitutional. Even today, a Rhode Island high school student is fighting to remove a mural in the auditorium that was created by Cranston High School West’s first graduating class, the Class of 1963, because the mural includes a student-created prayer that begins with the words, “Our Heavenly Father,” which she claims offends her atheist “beliefs.”
One history textbook used in a Texas high school even eliminated the words “by their Creator” from the part of the Constitution that says all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” replacing this “offending” phrase with ellipses. When the very words this country was founded on are reduced to “…,” reaffirming our nations’ belief in God, or in a “Creator,” is a welcomed reassurance for the often silent majority and shows the common sense that is so often lacking from politics.