Persistence of Myth

A few days back I wrote about the persistence of the belief that the United States of America is a “Christian Nation.”  The Fox News web site is running a story today about a group that is trying to block the inclusion of the phrase “In God We Trust” on  the Capital Visitor Center in Washington, DC.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing on the basis that engraving these words on a publicly owned facilitate would “discriminate against those who do not practice religion and unfairly promote a Judeo-Christian perspective.”

The story then quotes two Republican members of Congress:

“This lawsuit is another attempt by liberal activists to rewrite history and deny that America’s Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

Rep. Daniel Lungren, R-Calif., said he was expecting a lawsuit but called the claims “patently absurd.”

Christianity has certainly played an important role in the history of our nation.  Many of our citizens claim to be Christian.  While both of those observations are true it does not follow that government must promote such beliefs on public facilities.  In fact, the Constitution specifically prohibits such promotion precisely because it would discriminate against those who do not share the same spiritual belief system or those who do not have a spiritual belief system.

I consider myself to be politically liberal and I don’t find that I’m the one trying to re-write history.  Quite the contrary.  I’m trying to show that people such as Rep. King and Rep. Lungren are actually the ones working to obscure the principles that actually established the system of law in the United States of America.