Here's a relevant news item.
The Fountain Valley School Board is going to debate tonight whether to put the words "In God We Trust" behind the dias "in words six inches tall or taller."
(See: OC Register, "Fountain Valley schools consider 'In God We Trust' tonight.")
According to the article:
The motto will "have people think about our country and our governance," Briscoe said. It "belongs up there. It reminds them the basis of governance is our creator."
Well, the proposition that the basis of our governance is our creator is false, since it puts the basis of our governance in that which has never existed. And that which has never existed cannot be the basis of that which does exist.
The article has a comment section, and in the comment section I wrote the argument that I would like to see join these traditional arguments.
You want to put a sign up in a government building that effectively says, "If you do not trust in God, then we do not consider you to be one of us."
It's about as sensible as putting up a sign that says, "If you do not believe in Jesus, we do not consider you one of us," or "If you are not white, we do not consider you one of us."
That's not the type of sign we should ever find on a government building (or on the government money for that matter).
What I would like to read tomorrow is that somebody actually went to the meeting and gave this argument to the Board itself.
"Just as you have no moral right to vote to put up a sign that says, 'We do not consider those who are not white to be one of us,' you have no right to vote for a sign that says, 'we do not consider those who do not trust in God to be one of us."
I'll be looking tomorrow to find out what was said.