It’s bad enough that the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. is engraving “In God We Trust” in a prominent place. (FFRF is suing, but they’ve had no success yet.)
Guess how conservatives are celebrating?
By premiering a movie in the building. The title: Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage, a documentary by Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista.
The film explores the role of religion in early American history and features a lineup of history experts, including Catholic author Michael Novak. “We tried to match the location of the premiere with something to do with the film, and this was just a natural fit for us,” said David Bossie, executive producer and president of Citizens United Productions.
Both the movie premiere and the engraving come just months after Congress passed legislation this summer ordering the words “In God We Trust” to be added to a large pillar in the complex.
“Our intention was never to have the center somehow Protestantized but to accurately reflect America’s godly heritage,” said Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler, who also runs Gingrich’s Renewing American Leadership, an organization that brings together conservative evangelicals and Catholics.
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume America’s “godly heritage” happens to be whatever the Religious Right currently believes.
Whatever our heritage was, I’m certain the ties we now have between government and faith would be shocking to our nation’s founders.
(Thanks to Christina for the link!)