WASHINGTON — A California Republican congressman wants to do a little writing on the walls of Washington's newest federal building. If Rep. Dan Lungren gets his way, Congress will spend nearly $100,000 to engrave the words "In God We Trust " and the Pledge of Allegiance in prominent spots at the Capitol Visitor Center .
I don’t believe in God, but I don’t consider myself an “atheist.” I try to stay away from labels. People will say, “well, you don’t believe in God, so you must be an Atheist.” Nope. Then they’ll say “Oh well you’re an agnostic then.” People are so quick to put labels on people and things. I dislike labels because they discourage an open mind. I don’t believe in God, okay? But that’s not to say I don’t believe that there could be a superior being of some sort. I don’t believe it, but I’m open minded about it. In simple words: I don’t dwell on it. Okay? I don’t let my life be dictated by some invisible man in the sky. If there really is a man up there, then we all shall find out some day. Until then, let’s just enjoy life, with or without God.
Now onto the article. I really don’t know why people are so easily offended these days. Seeing “In God We Trust” on our money and wherever else the phrase may happen to be, doesn’t offend me. I respect that others believe in a God. Long as they don’t try to convert me or whatever, I’m fine with it. I believe there should be some sort of acceptance on both sides of the aisle. Both sides could afford to be a little more accepting, I think. In the words of the late, great, George Carlin: “Keep thy religion to thyself.”
I don’t think that displaying In God We Trust affirms God’s existence. No one knows for a fact that God exists. Are the religious people that insecure in their beliefs that they have to see In God We Trust everywhere? And are the Atheists that insecure that seeing In God We Trust might make them reconsider their beliefs? I laugh at non-believers getting upset about God being in the pledge of allegiance. All I have to say to these people is: Get a life.
If people were more secure about their beliefs, this wouldn’t even be an issue. But alas, here it is. The real issue, is this: Spending $100,000 of tax payer money to put these words in public areas is a little ridiculous when this country is in a financial crisis. I’m sure $100,000 could be better spent. Don’t you?