Odd Congressional Priorities: Our National Motto
For some reason, the House Of Representatives decided that it was important to take time yesterday to debate this issue:
The House took a break from battles over economic policy Tuesday and returned to the culture war.
With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Republican-led chamber voted to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto and encourage its display in all public schools and buildings.
The nonbinding resolution inevitably reopened a debate over separation of church and state — the sort of social issue that has taken a back seat this year to the debt ceiling, budget deficit and flagging economy.
Introduced by Rep. Randy J. Forbes (R-Va.), it passed 396 to 9. “Whereas if religion and morality are taken out of the marketplace of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured,” it reads.
Christian conservatives praised the effort, but critics saw it as an attempt to gin up support from the GOP base.
“I think we know by now that this Congress likes God. Can we move on?” said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
I suppose the real question is does God like Congress?