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Post by Philip » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:51 pm

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Looks like the militant atheists lost this attack on U.S. religious / state symbols: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/suprem ... heists-god

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Post by RickD » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:33 pm

I don't get it.

Link just shows $ bill.
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Post by Philip » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:46 pm

Fixed the link!

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Post by RickD » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:08 pm

Cool! We can still acknowledge God, while serving mammon!
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Post by edwardmurphy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:56 pm

Michael Newdow, the same activist attorney who tried to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, lost his case, arguing Congress' mandate to inscribe "In God We Trust" on currency was a government endorsement of religion and a violation of the First Amendment.
I think he's right. Also E pluribus unum is a better motto in literally every way. Still, this is silly. It's a trivial issue. If insecure Christians need for our currency to affirm their wavering faith then we really ought to be the bigger people and let it go.
Newdow argued in his petition to the Supreme Court that because his clients are all atheist individuals or atheist groups, the government violated their "sincere religious belief" that there is no God and turned them into "political outsiders" by placing the phrase "In God We Trust" on their money.
This is stupid. Atheism is not a religion. Rejection of the claim that gods exist is not a religious belief. I'm embarrassed. This must be what it felt like for Christians watching those Intelligent Design bozos in court pretending that they weren't sure who created life on Earth.
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Post by Philip » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:03 pm

If the atheist view is that it's not a religious belief - really, then others having beliefs that are expressed politically - even on our money - why does this guy (Michael Newdow) care so much to remove it? I see a lot of symbols and things I don't like, but people have a right to put them wherever. For a lot of people, it's just a tradition. But they don't like to see atheist going after everything that they see as a religous symbol. Again, why do they care so much? Is it threatening to THEM?

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Post by edwardmurphy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:20 pm

If the atheist view is that it's not a religious belief - really, then others having beliefs that are expressed politically - even on our money - why does this guy (Michael Newdow) care so much to remove it? I see a lot of symbols and things I don't like, but people have a right to put them wherever. For a lot of people, it's just a tradition. But they don't like to see atheist going after everything that they see as a religious symbol. Again, why do they care so much? Is it threatening to THEM?
There's no such thing as "the atheist view." Newdow is speaking for himself, and in my opinion he's making a hash of it. The claim that the lack of belief in gods is a religious position is dishonest. He doesn't believe that. He's being disingenuous in order to make the argument that he's an aggrieved party and therefore has standing to file suit. That's why I compared him to the ID crowd. They went to court, all wide eyed innocence, and pretended not to be garden variety creationists. The courts saw through the ruse in both instances. I imagine that rational, modern Christians were cringing back then, just like I am now.

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Our money is public space. It's a symbol of our country. Our tax dollars pay for its creation. Our money is no place for religious slogans. All that atheists have ever asked for is that religious symbols be relegated to private space. Christians have always taken it for granted that they could put their symbols in public space. It's obnoxious. Screaming persecution at the gradual loss of special privileges is even worse.

When I say that having "In God We Trust" on our money is trivial what I mean is that I don't believe that this example of inappropriate behavior rises to the level at which it must be addressed. I'm not saying that it's okay, or that it's not arrogant, pushy, and entitled. I just think that the grownup thing to do is to let you guys have that one and save our energy for fights that matter.
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Post by PaulSacramento » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:52 am

I think he's right. Also E pluribus unum is a better motto in literally every way. Still, this is silly. It's a trivial issue. If insecure Christians need for our currency to affirm their wavering faith then we really ought to be the bigger people and let it go.
Who is this "one" you refer to?

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Post by edwardmurphy » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:01 am

PaulSacramento wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:52 am
I think he's right. Also E pluribus unum is a better motto in literally every way. Still, this is silly. It's a trivial issue. If insecure Christians need for our currency to affirm their wavering faith then we really ought to be the bigger people and let it go.
Who is this "one" you refer to?
Back in the beginning the many was the thirteen colonies and the one was the United States. Over time the motto came to also refer to the immigrants from many lands and cultures becoming one people. That's still what it means.

There are some today who claim that "e pluribus unum" no longer applies because recent immigrants have failed to assimilate. Those people are ignoring the facts.

Historically the pattern has always been the same. The first generation huddles together in Little Italy, Little Warsaw, Chinatown, and so forth. The second generation is caught between two worlds. They speak their parents' language at home and English in public. The third generation is fully assimilated into American culture. The kids speak a smattering of their grandparents' tongue, but they speak English at home and in public. They generally retain some of their grandparents' old country cultural traditions - lutefisk and lefse are still big holiday foods in Minnesota, Italian-Americans still tend to be Catholic, Greek-Americans still celebrate Greek Easter, Chinese-Americans still celebrate the Chinese New Year, etc - but they're all unquestionably American.

Today you can watch that pattern playing out in real time with Hmong, Somali, and Mexican immigrants, and with Muslim immigrants from all over the world. It's not always an easy transition, in part because some people assimilate more smoothly that others and in part because Americans can be much more accepting of some people than others, but it's happening and it will continue to happen. E pluribus unum.
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Post by PaulSacramento » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:26 am

edwardmurphy wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:01 am
PaulSacramento wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:52 am
I think he's right. Also E pluribus unum is a better motto in literally every way. Still, this is silly. It's a trivial issue. If insecure Christians need for our currency to affirm their wavering faith then we really ought to be the bigger people and let it go.
Who is this "one" you refer to?
Back in the beginning the many was the thirteen colonies and the one was the United States. Over time the motto came to also refer to the immigrants from many lands and cultures becoming one people. That's still what it means.

There are some today who claim that "e pluribus unum" no longer applies because recent immigrants have failed to assimilate. Those people are ignoring the facts.

Historically the pattern has always been the same. The first generation huddles together in Little Italy, Little Warsaw, Chinatown, and so forth. The second generation is caught between two worlds. They speak their parents' language at home and English in public. The third generation is fully assimilated into American culture. The kids speak a smattering of their grandparents' tongue, but they speak English at home and in public. They generally retain some of their grandparents' old country cultural traditions - lutefisk and lefse are still big holiday foods in Minnesota, Italian-Americans still tend to be Catholic, Greek-Americans still celebrate Greek Easter, Chinese-Americans still celebrate the Chinese New Year, etc - but they're all unquestionably American.

Today you can watch that pattern playing out in real time with Hmong, Somali, and Mexican immigrants, and with Muslim immigrants from all over the world. It's not always an easy transition, in part because some people assimilate more smoothly that others and in part because Americans can be much more accepting of some people than others, but it's happening and it will continue to happen. E pluribus unum.
And is this your opinion?

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Post by edwardmurphy » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:21 pm

Most of it is fact, but yeah, there's some opinion in there, too, same as always.
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Post by PaulSacramento » Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:18 am

So you believe that trusting in an (your view) abstract notion Like God, even if that abstract notion is the greatest thing that can be conceived and is meant to lead people to their highest potential ( and also a warning to not put full trust in government, which is the point of "In God We Trust") is INFERIOR than trusting in something that is basically and opinion and some facts ??

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Post by edwardmurphy » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:29 am

Huh? The words you're writing make no sense.

I said that what I wrote was mostly facts, plus some opinion. I'm not offering up my post as a potential national motto. I'm saying that the old motto - the one adopted by the founding fathers in 1776 to promote national unity - is the better of the two. Our shared currency is no place for religious propaganda. Secular propaganda is a much better choice for that spot, especially if it's positive, aspirational propaganda.
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Post by PaulSacramento » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:57 am

edwardmurphy wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:29 am
Huh? The words you're writing make no sense.

I said that what I wrote was mostly facts, plus some opinion. I'm not offering up my post as a potential national motto. I'm saying that the old motto - the one adopted by the founding fathers in 1776 to promote national unity - is the better of the two. Our shared currency is no place for religious propaganda. Secular propaganda is a much better choice for that spot, especially if it's positive, aspirational propaganda.
So, shared currency is no place for religious propaganda BUT it is a place for social propaganda?

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Post by edwardmurphy » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:52 pm

Sure. Our currency represents our nation as a whole, and so should our motto. E pluribus unum is a great counter to all that "the South shall rise again" idiocy. It's a solid retort to ethnonationalism, too. It's aspirational. The founding fathers were right to pick it.
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