This is the current seal for Greene County, Missouri:
If you can’t tell, it’s missing something.
Figure it out yet…?
YES! God. Apparently, it needs more God.
Thankfully, county commissioners Harold Bengsch, Jim Viebrock, and Roseann Bentley have unanimously approved adding the phrase “In God We Trust” to the seal. (Good to know their priorities are intact.)
Springfield resident Jim Broadstreet urged the commission not to approve the resolution.
“The idea that the words are somehow innocuous because they are simply our national motto is, in my opinion, ludicrous,” Broadstreet told the commissioners. “Those words are neither innocuous nor equivocal to me and, I would submit, should not be to you.”
After the meeting, presiding commissioner Jim Viebrock defended the decision.
“It’s unfortunate we can’t please everyone,” he said. “With any decision you can’t make everyone happy.”
He added: “Fuck you, atheists.” (In my mind.)
Of course you won’t make everyone happy. But this isn’t about policy. This is about shoving God unnecessarily into the public square. Who was complaining about the logo before? Who was looking at it, saying, “That seal could use more God!” It wasn’t a problem until the commissioners made it one. (And I don’t know where they’re even going to put the phrase on that seal. Is there even room for it?)
To follow that [vote] up with a feeble piece of whitewash like “We can’t please everybody” really just adds to the insult. The response should be simple: “You just actively devalued me as a part of this community in comparison to the other citizens! I’m not asking you to please anybody, I’m asking you to treat us all equally!”
They can’t do that, of course. Most Christians can’t handle their beliefs being put on the same playing field with people of other faiths and no faith.