Monday, 4 February 2008

Good, ripe hypocrisy

As always, there are few places which will yield more juicy hypocrisy than the United States' government. The latest idiocy of theirs is to give into demands from the Christian Right (shocker) that the words "In God We Trust" are given greater prominence on commemorative presidential coins. Story here.

Overlooking (with some difficulty) how mind-numbingly trivial this issue is, can we please take a moment to remember one of the things that makes the constitution of the United States truly great? A little something known as separation of church and state. Because of this, state schools are not allowed to hold prayer sessions and the like - a wonderful notion and one which always makes me feel good when ruled upon sensibly by the Supreme Court.

But why, I ask you, are the words "In God We Trust" on its currency? Never mind the petty bickering over commemorative coins - why are they on the money people actually use? Why by Odin's beard are they the national motto, as declared by Congress in 1956? And please don't get me started on the horrific "Pledge of Allegiance". Are these things not clearly unconstitutional?

I think maybe PZ Myers has the answer, in his closing remark of the blog post that alerted me to this stupidity:

They're all demented fuckwits.

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