The Right Has Nothing Better to Do

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.

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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.

  • thegodless

    If it wasn’t for the ” Red Scare”, the religious right would have never been able to infiltrate our inclusive secular government, but you would never learn that from our history books. I fear that the theocrats have set up a situation that is
    most dire in that they have found a way to divide us even further by hiding these facts from the American public and doing everything in their power to insulate their own families (home schooling, dedicated news, dedicated dating websites, twisted history books, Conservapedia, etc.). It seems that us rational folks are only left with one option and that is to remind the US government of who it is suppose to be. Religionists have equality, freedom, and our true founding principles backed into a corner in a dark alley. Now is not the time for acommodationists, now is the time for an uprising (www.ffrf.org is a good place to start). At this point, “We the People” seems destined to become “We the Sheeple”.

    Thomas Mackiewicz
    http://www.thegodless.wordpress.com

    • http://dividedundergod.wordpress.com Divided Under God

      Thomas-

      Thanks for the comment. It’s always interesting to me to discover the many ways in which religious groups remove themselves from reality in order to shield themselves from dissenting opinions. The more walls they put up, the easier it is to perpetuate the lies. Mostly, I feel terrible for the children that are home schooled with politically biased textbooks, sent to bible camps, and brainwashed into believing the fallacies that will ultimately inhibit their own quest for truth. It’s truly disgusting and irresponsible. This country is on a gradual path towards extremism, and will one day be no better than the eastern nations that are overrun with religious fanatics that will stop at nothing to advance their own religions.

  • http://cdogzilla.blogspot.com/ cdogzilla

    Another supporter of ffrf.org here :)

    I don’t know if I agree we are on a path towards extremism so much as the walkers of the extremist path are resurgent at the moment, but I think there’s comfort to be taken in polls that show more and more people are identifying themselves as a non-religious. As more and more people are open about their lack of religion, and willing to discuss it publicly — and I’ll even go so far as to say I think part of engaging in civil, respectful discussion about the place of religion in society with believers is having the confidence to say we respect your right to have your beliefs, but we don’t need to respect the belief themselves. Turning ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ back on them, as it were.

    I came here via the Atheist Blogroll, and am also trying to drum up some interest in a new Atheist Blogmap. If you’d like to have DUG on the map, please take a moment to visit: http://cdogzilla.blogspot.com/p/atheist-blogmap.html

    Thanks!

    • http://dividedundergod.wordpress.com Divided Under God

      Thanks for the comment and the heads up about your blog map. I just added myself. You had an interesting take on the “path to extremism” and I’m anxious to see how it all plays out. It seems to be a race between the rise (but really the outing) of secularism vs. the spread of religious extremism. If we don’t win this, I may need to learn French and head north!