I must have been asleep the last few days, because I could have sworn that the US was facing one of the worst financial crisis in it’s history, accompanied by two wars that are not going very swimmingly. It’s must be all fixed, since a group of Senators are busy trying to get the motto “In God We Trust” up in the new Capital Visitor Center in Washington.
The building is your classic boondoggle; it cost 3 times what was estimated, and now there’s a huge debate going on about whether or not the current national motto “From Many, One” is really an accurate representation of America’s history of democracy. Better to make it about it’s theocracy, thinks GOP Senator Jim DeMint, of South Carolina.
You see, according to Jimmy here, the most remarkable thing about the history of America isn’t it’s devotion to the principles of democracy, but rather the fact that it was founded by a bunch of religious prudes. He’s convinced that God has blessed his land, and he trusts no one more than his big bearded anthropomorphic god. The Visitor Center is meant to tell the history of the nation’s capitol, so naturally, DeMint thinks that God was the main reason why anything happened, and he wants to make sure we think that too.
He’s joined by Senators Roger Wicker and Tom Coburn, who have all managed to delay the opening while this debate goes on. Evidently, they feel strongly enough about this issue to ignore other less pressing matters. It’s a good feeling to know that government representatives are doing exactly what we all expect them to do: run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
I don’t think anyone should be surprised that Christians are getting uppity about the place of God in today’s society. They view the steady erosion of Christianity’s importance in American society in general as a terrible affliction. They probably genuinely feel as though these kinds of battles will save the “soul” of the country they love so dearly. What they fail to realize is that this “soul” is not dictated by a religious creed, but rather a different belief that human beings should be free of the tyranny of both government and clergy. The separation of Church and State is meant to ensure that all religious matters could be left up to the individual, not the state. These gentlemen have seriously misunderstood their roles. Regardless of your religious affiliation, every voter should act with haste to inform these men that their job requirements do not include shoving Christianity in everyone’s face.