Yup… so instead of focusing on the crisis in the Middle East, unemployment, health care, education, and a myriad of other issues that threaten the great US of A, Michelle Bachmann and her Congressional Prayer Caucus have written a letter to President Obama correcting him on his reference to our National Motto.
The Caucus, “dedicated to preserving America’s religious heritage,” (and supported by your tax dollars) has pointed out to our commander in chief that he misspoke in a speech on 11/10/10 in Indonesia, when he referred to our national motto as E pluribus unum – out of many one. Regrettably, the President made a mistake, as this was our motto for only 174 years. “In God We Trust” became our motto in 1956, and has been in place for 55 years.
It’s quite obvious to me that Obama’s mistake in a speech in Indonesia has threatened our religious heritage. Had the Congressional Prayer Caucus not caught this egregious error and slapped Barack’s wrist for it, the family values and Christian principles we all abide by would have been crushed into smithereens! Kudos to you, Religious Right! You’re WINNING!
After all, The President of our nation, informing Indonesia that the citizens of the US are united under one flag would be a mistake. Instead, the Congressional Prayer Caucus has shown that we are in fact not united, and do not support the actions of our President. In this letter, the Caucus asked Obama to issue a correction to the speech, “as it does not accurately reflect America.”
I think we’re finding more and more every day that E pluribus unum, in fact, does not accurately reflect America. Thank you, religious right, for making that, unfortunately, abundantly clear.
In response, I urge all Americans to research and understand the issues behind the creation of the US, without bias. You will find more than sufficient reference to the removal of religion from government. If our founding fathers believed that our national motto should be derived from religion, they would have had it that way in the 18th century. Instead, they believed the complete opposite. Adding snippets like “In God We Trust” and “Under God” continue to contribute to the misunderstanding of our nation’s true heritage.
You can read the letter to the President here.