August 2, 2010

H.Con.Res. 274 Threatens to Put God in Public Schools

It probably goes without saying that I am going to be opposed to anything supported by the Christian extremist American Family Association. But there is a bit of legislation they have been pushing in Congress that I'd like to bring to your attention because it seems to be gaining support. H.Con.Res. 274 would not only reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States, but it would encourage public display of this motto in all public buildings, including public schools.

This resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), has picked up 73 co-sponsors already, including some Democrats. The American Family Association has been sending out action alerts stating,
We all recognize the need to return God to His proper place in our public life and especially in our system of public education. You can help return this nation to God by contacting your representative today!
So much for this national motto not being inherently religious.

It is good to see the American Humanist Association out in front on this one, but I worry that this is the sort of resolution that may pass if we cannot bring additional pressure on our elected representatives.

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