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One Nation Indivisible

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Just Monday morning I was riding along a Florida Highway staring with irritation at a giant billboard looking just like the one below except it had the giant word “GOD” in the middle contributing to three phrases.   Atop and to the left of the word God it said “One Nation Under”, on the left next to “GOD” it said “In” and to the right it said “We Trust” and under “GOD” was written “Bless America”.  Basically the hat trick of American catch phrases which mix up God and state.

It’s nice to see a counter billboard up stressing that our nation’s indivisibility and rejecting the use of patriotism to try to bully people into belief in God.

If you would like to chip in for the sign, The Greenboro Atheists are raising money to pay back the generous benefactor, Joseph Stewart of NCSecular.org, who paid for the billboard out of his own pocket.  Click on the donate link at their website.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Cat

    Wonderful! If we are to require the citing of the Pledge, or even to do so at secular, public events, the words “under God” need to be struck out. Period.

    • Daniel Fincke

      Agreed. But even informally, it’d be no better for churches privately to say it in the “under God” way since it’s still (and even more in that defiant case) an assertion of a theocratic intrusion on what should be a secular government. They should be free to advocate such a thought process but they shouldn’t do it and they shouldn’t be successful in influencing policy according to it.

  • adoubtersramblings

    It’s really great to see these billboards going up. It was even more great to hear the one lady comment in the video that she seemed to give pause and actually concider what it really means.

    cj

    • Daniel Fincke

      Indeed, CJ! What was fascinating was the way that she both seemed critical on the one hand and like awakening to realizing something on the other. It was a rare moment of the ambivalence of an actual thought process occurring in a news feature comment…

  • http://ethicalrealism.wordpress.com James Gray

    It’s nice to see a counter billboard up stressing that our nation’s indivisibility and rejecting the use of patriotism to try to bully people into belief in God.

    Of course, patriotism itself doesn’t mean much more than “don’t question the government unless a Democrat is in charge.” With that definition, I would rather not be patriotic.

  • http://www.khodemoni.net/ لينک مستقيم

    Thankfully some bloggers can still write. Thank you for this blog post!!


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