All I’m Asking for is Neutrality!
When I ask the government to remove “God” from my money, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Oath of Enlistment I took when I joined the military I’m not asking for an atheist government, I’m asking for a neutral government, as defined in the Constitution.
I could understand the outrage if I were asking Congress to replace “In God We Trust” with “There Are No Gods” or “one Nation under God” with “one Nation godless” or “So help me God” with “With no help from gods”. But I’m not doing that. I’m not asking the government to favor atheists over another group. I’m asking for them to represent every American by keeping the middle ground and staying neutral in religious matters.
Asking for neutrality doesn’t seem to be working very well though. The only other alternative I see is to push for the extreme so that the opposing team is happy with a middle ground. I’m not advocating this, I’m mostly just thinking outload, but if we were able to organize and push for an anti-theist government we could likely force them into the neutral spot. I don’t think this is a good idea. It would further tarnish atheism’s image even more, we’d look like foaming mouthed Madalyn O’Hairs. But it did cross my mind as a suggestion.
I don’t think an atheist soldier should have to say “So help me God” to have the opportunity to serve his country. I don’t think an atheist child should have to say “one Nation under God” to be a patriot. “In God We Trust” on our money isn’t helping our economy out either. Why can’t they* understand that a secular government is good for everyone? The wall of seperation protects the church as well. A good example of this: the Church of England. England has a national religion and its population is way more godless than our own. The government had its hand in the church while the church was doing the same.
The government favoring Christianity is a dishonor to the rest of America and what it stands for. Every Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Jain, and Atheist** should be angry and upset over this. The purpose of our government being designed the way it is is to protect the minority from the majority.
Well there’s my rant, let me know what you think!
*If you are a Christian who agrees that the separation of church and state should be upheld then you have no need to defend yourself here, I already know that some of you exist out there and thanks for your support.