The largest group of atheists and agnostics in the nation have filed a lawsuit to keep the words “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance from being engraved at the Capital Visitor Center in Washington D.C. because it would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The legislation requiring the engraving was passed by Congress.
The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the suit in U.S. District Court in western Wisconsin.
In their suit, the group claims that engraving these words at the entrance to the U.S. Capitol would discriminate against those who do not practice religion and unfairly promote a Judeo-Christian perspective.
Still unclear in their claim is exactly how those who don’t believe in God are discriminated against by this action.
Will armed guards at the door prevent them from entering? Will they be required to sign an oath to God before being admitted? Will there be a requirement by the Government, that says that anyone who wants to enter recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Perhaps they fear there will be preachers and priests sitting at the entrance to force all who enter to convert to Christianity or Judaism.
The bottom line is that their reasoning is bogus, and it’s a clear display of the discrimination and intolerance they claim they are trying to prevent. They are nothing less than a group of religious bigots who are “offended” by references to God and want it eliminated for THEIR benefit, not anyone else’s.
I wonder what these protectors of freedom do for money – after all, the words “In God We Trust” appears on all of our money.
Surely they wouldn’t be so hypocritical as to use money with such “discriminatory” language on it, would they? And what about those other poor non-religious souls they claim they are protecting? How can the FFRF, in good conscience, allow employers and retailers to demand they use currency that endorses God?
In an interesting twist, last year the FFRF had an anti-religion billboard removed in the state of California for it’s hateful message. When asked about the action, foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor called such censorship “unprofessional and cavalier.”
“Are religionists so thin-skinned they must squelch free debate? One small freethought billboard in the immense state of California is such a threat to insecure religious egos that it must be censored?“
So, let me get this straight. The FFRF acuses those who don’t agree with them as being “thin-skinned” people who are so insecure about their beliefs that they try to censor those that don’t agree with them.
Can you say, “irony?”
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