June 28, 2002
Hi, I'm an atheist.

I'm an atheist through and through. I ain't got no religion, and I'm quite happy this way. Obviously, I was thrilled to hear the decision. I'll reiterate here the comments I've made in my journal so far.

In Somebody We Trust

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contains the words "under God" - good! My boss mentioned this to me a few minutes ago and seemed genuinely horrified, but he's ex-Coast Guard. I refused to say the pledge in high school for two reasons: first, because I wasn't particularly patriotic, and also because I'm an atheist. (Actually, I tried not to say it in seventh grade, and the teacher yelled at me.) I was always quiet and respectful while others said the pledge, but I never stood and said it myself.
So when can we get In God We Trust taken off money? I find that equally inappropriate as the "under God" bit.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Americans United for Separation of Church and State has to say about this.
Update: Somebody over at Plastic.com provided me with links to both the history of our national motto and evidence indicating it's not going away anytime soon.
I Should Join Americans United
In an article from today's Washington Post (the Style section), Senate Chaplain Lloyd John Ogilvie is quoted thus:
We acknowledge the separation of sectarianism and state, but affirm the belief that there is no separation between God and state. With gratitude we declare our motto "In God we trust." Though that trust may be expressed in different religions, we do proclaim You as ultimate soverign of our nation.
What?! No! I am an atheist. I don't consider anybody the "ultimate sovereign" of my country. That's what the whole checks and balances system is for: so there isn't an ultimate sovereign to have the final say. And how can multiple deities - each with its own set of laws - possibly form the basis for a national law, when the people of that nation are of different religions?
And just to add something new, I found it interesting that on the very next day, the announcement came out that Virginia Governor Mark Warner (whom I actually voted for) signed a law in May that requires Virginia schools to post the national motto. Posted by at June 28, 2002 10:01 PM
Comments
Good post -- I think we'll find a lot of common ground between us. Posted by: Scott on June 29, 2002 01:55 PM
Anyone who believes in god is a moron and deserves no respect. Posted by: Ryan on October 17, 2002 05:08 PM
Hello Posted by: Sarah B Sterling on November 6, 2004 12:21 AM
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