Atheism and ‘In God We Trust’

I love this quote from the original Daily Beast article:

The pyramid is a throwback to ancient Egypt, but is in many ways a much tamer version of the seal that Franklin and Jefferson envisioned. Noted Egyptophiles, the version that they initially supported included an Egyptian pharaoh, seated on a chariot and passing through the parted waters of the Red Sea. The motto they preferred was “rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Anyone familiar with the biblical story of the parting of the Red Sea can hear the thinly veiled threat. Pharaoh doesn’t stay atop that chariot for long. Franklin loved his version of the seal so much that he adopted it as his personal motto.

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Daily Beast Tells Atheists to Chill Over ‘In God We Trust’ on U.S. Cash

The essay by Notre Dame Prof. Candida Moss came in response to the recent federal lawsuit filed by Sacramento-based attorney Michael Newdow in which he demands that all references to God on U.S. currency be dropped.

In his lawsuit representing 41 plaintiffs from Ohio and Michigan, Newdow argues that the motto “In God We Trust” places a “substantial burden” on atheists. A perennial atheistagitator who has pursued similar lawsuits in the past, Newdow argues that it is burdensome for atheists “to personally bear a religious message that is the antithesis of what they consider to be religious truth.”

In her essay, Moss (usually no friend to orthodox Christians) suggests that Newdow and the other atheists with their panties in a bunch over “In God We Trust” take a closer look at American currency, where they will find all sorts of other imagery potentially offensive to any number of people.

Moss suggests that Newdow and his cohort take a closer look at U.S. paper money, where they will find all sorts of esoteric depictions coming from Egyptian religions and Scottish Freemasonry. The harmless phrase “In God We Trust,” Moss argues, “is far less specific than the occult imagery that currently adorns the common one dollar bill.”

The pyramid, for instance, a throwback to ancient Egypt, is surmounted by a disembodied eye, the masonic symbol of the Great Architect of the Universe, and the reference to “Novus ordo seclorum”—a new world order—is often feared to refer to secret elites governing the global economy and pushing for a one-world government.

“In God We Trust,” on the other hand, was first printed on U.S. currency during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when a Pennsylvanian minister requesting some recognition of God in a national motto, and then was brought into universal use on all currency during the height of the Cold War in opposition to the “godless atheism” of Soviet totalitarianism.

Why is it, Moss wonders aloud, that today’s atheist activists have no problem with the eye or the pyramid, despite their association with the occult, and yet fiercely attack an innocuous phrase expressing trust in God.

One thing is abundantly clear, and that is the disconnect between Newdow with his small band of atheist militants and the American people, who religious or not seem to appreciate the importance of faith for the history of the United States and the character of her people.

When Newdow sued the Elk Grove Unified School District in March of 2000 in an attempt to have the clause “one nation under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, the experiment backfired. Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, 150 members of Congress recited the Pledge, complete with the “Under God” part. The Senate even passed a non-binding resolution by a vote of 99-0 to “reaffirm the reference to one Nation under God in the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Newdow latest attacks on American religiosity are likely to draw a similar response.

Follow Thomas D. Williams on Twitter @tdwilliamsrome

Tags: Big Government, Big Journalism, Faith, Christianity, Daily Beast, religion, faith, atheismfreedom of religion, ‘In God We Trust’, Pledge of Allegiance, One Nation Under GodMichael Newdow, American currency


The Daily Beast Article


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