WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a vote that surprised no one (just in case you missed it), our hard working representatives in D.C. reaffirmed for all Americans by a vote of 396 to 9, the unconstitutional national motto: "In God We Trust".
Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), who is also an ordained minister voted against this resolution. Cleaver stated he didn't think Congress should be telling anyone to trust in God. That's something people have to choose for themselves. It's not the business of Congress to force this on the people.
Talk about being religiously incorrect! If only more representatives had the backbone to stand up to the bullies in the House but sadly, they dare not if they want to keep their seats in Congress. This pandering to religious beliefs when the going gets tough, has been a hallmark of politics since Washington took office. Until men and women of BOTH parties have the courage to denounce it, the trivialization of religion and the real threat to freedom of conscience for all Americans will continue.
Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said he voted against the resolution because Congress already reaffirmed the motto back in the 107th Congress . He noted that the resolution has no force of law. Bobby Scott (D-VA) voted no because "when we were sworn in as members of Congress, we took an oath to uphold the Constitution. This resolution is inconsistent with that oath."
Scott is absolutely correct. The motto violates the establishment clause that says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." The In God We Trust motto clearly establishes religious devotion by demanding people affirm trust in God. Never mind that millions of humanists, Atheists and Agnostics cannot in good conscience affirm this religious motto.
As our nation struggles under an employment rate of 9.1%, EPA regulations are being attacked to allow corporations to further pollute and endanger the health of American citizens for profit, and the number of children in poverty has risen, Congress focuses on a religious affirmation of God when the people can do so any second without turning it into a federal case.
Why would they do this? Conservatives hoped they could use this vote for the elections in 2012 and point to all those godless democrats voting against God. If there is one thing Americans are suckers for, it's the game of accusing those who are nonreligious as evil doers and undeserving to hold office. Will this strategy work in Kansas as it has worked so successfully for years? Will voters finally come to understand the mockery these actions have upon our democratic government,religious liberty, as well as the disregard for the Founders' wisdom to allow all Americans freedom of conscience?
In The Godless Constitution, Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore, quote the famous reformer, politician, abolitionist, and newspaper publisher, Horace Greeley. Greeley dismissed measures in the 19th century to introduce God into the Constitution by stating, "Almighty God is not the source of authority and power in our government; the PEOPLE of The United States are."
As Kramnick and Moore noted, "What is unacceptable to us in light of the godless Constitution is for religious certainty ever to trump politics and for government policy in any way to privilege or codify religious belief in ways that preempt a pluralist democratic process."
Religious certainty was codified yesterday. People of all faiths and no religion should agree how this is not only repugnant but divides us as a people while our officials smile in delight playing the religion card. Please write your Kansas members of the House and let them know they violated the constitution and freedom of conscience in America.