Stop Promoting Religion at the Capitol Visitor Center

Jesse posted here a little while back about H. Con. Res. 131:

Directing the Architect of the Capitol to engrave the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the National Motto of “In God We Trust” in the Capitol Visitor Center.

At the moment, the bill now has 160 co-sponsors. Every single one of them, a Republican.

The Secular Coalition for America wants you to take action:

Building the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) has already cost American taxpayers millions of dollars and serves as the entrance point for visitors who wish to tour the Capitol. It was built to teach visitors about our nation’s history and the construction of the Capitol Building, not to promote religion. Since it was not until the 1950s that “under God” was added to the Pledge and “In God We Trust” replaced “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto, these phrases should have no place in the Center.

Tell your Representative that it is inappropriate for taxpayer money to be spent promoting a distorted image of America that undermines The First Amendment, and alienates the millions of nontheistic Americans who neither “trust in God” nor pledge “under God.”

If you click here, you can quickly send an email to your Congressperson, letting them know you oppose this misuse of tax money.

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  • David D.G.

    Ah, so this is what the White House was calling you about — someone saw that you were writing about this and tried to contact you before you could post it! ;^D

    ~David D.G.

  • Gabemik

    To late. My local congress-twit is one of the co-sponsors.

  • bigjohn756

    I sent my idiot representative a letter. It will do no good at all because he is one of the brainless co-sponsors. What do you expect from Texas where religion is a ring in the nose of the non-thinkers. These people, including the political pawns, will do anything that their religious leaders suggest regardless of what it is. It’s disgusting!

  • benjdm

    I sent:

    “I am part of the ‘We’ of the United States. I am part of our one nation. The current National Motto and the current Pledge of Allegiance are divisive, un-constitutional, and un-American. Please vote against this resolution.”

  • Gabemik – even if your representative is signed on as a cosponsor, it could help to write. If they experience no pushback, they might think their constituents don’t care about the issue.

  • David D.G.

    Jesse wrote:

    Gabemik – even if your representative is signed on as a cosponsor, it could help to write. If they experience no pushback, they might think their constituents don’t care about the issue.

    Oh, I agree completely. I, too, am in Texas, so I am quite cynical about the whole situation myself. But I know that, at the polls, an atheist vote carries just as much weight as a religionist vote — and I am hoping that the politicians know it, too. Even if they don’t really want to do anything for us, significant pushback should make most of them much less willing to blatantly go against us, just to avoid alienating us so that we vote against them.

    ~David D.G.

  • Terrell Bennett

    Living in Los Angeles, perhaps the most Godless city in the country, most of our congress people are already opposed to this rediculous bill. I just want to applaud them for their stance. Religion is probably the most destructive element in the American society. I personally oppose anything that promotes its continuance.