The whining about where the new dollar coins will contain the word “God” is too silly for words. Consider the opening sentences of a letter in today’s Journal World:
I would like to know whose stupid idea it was to take “In God We Trust” off our new dollar coins.
Yes, it is still on there, but why bother?
Following those two contradictory statements, the letter proceeds with falsehoods and historical illiteracy:
You can no longer see it unless one happens to look on the edge of the coin, which eventually wears off and becomes smooth. Then you won’t be able to see it at all.
This nation was built under “One God,” and as far as I know “In God We Trust” has always been on our currency. Why change it now? Because some liberal is offended.
As the letter-writer notes, the coins still say that. No one took it off. This conspiracy-mongering is absurd. As shown in the figures here, the original dollar notes did not say anything about God.
I keep hearing about freedom of speech. But what about my freedom? I say it’s time we quit getting our rights taken away and be heard.
Says the person who had the complete freedom to complain about this fictional problem publicly, and to rail against the government at will. No freedom was taken away. If Dot Beckner wants to carve “In Buddha God we Trust” on every new coin, that’s her freedom also. (Assuming she doesn’t do so “fraudulently,” 18 USC 331).
They have taken the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer out of our schools. What next? Are they going to make us close our churches and pray in the dark corners of our basement, not to be seen or heard?
Bear in mind that the Pledge is still in schools, just as the coins still have the word “God” on them.
Some day all people who are responsible for these changes will have to face the “one and only God.” What will you have to say about your freedom of speech then? Because “my God” will have something to say to you.
Indeed, assuming Dot’s God is the Christian God worshipped (at least in principle) by a majority of Americans, her God already did speak about it. Casting the money-changers out from the temple was pretty subtle, but Jesus clarified that point later. The Pharisees asked:
“Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
But Jesus, aware of their malice [they were the original concern trolls], said “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the money for the tax.” And they brought him a coin. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is on this?” They said “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Later, since people seemed not to be getting his point that God doesn’t really care that much about cash, he put it in simpler terms:
Woe to you, blind guides, who say, “If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.” You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that made the gold sacred?
Jesus doesn’t want your money. And he certainly doesn’t want you to act so sanctimonious about it. He continued:
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! …
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like white-washed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
God doesn’t need your money, and doesn’t need you prancing around telling others what to do. Jesus spent a great deal of time and effort preaching a relatively simple message: We are all imperfect, we can all improve ourselves; it isn’t our job to judge others, but to love them and make good examples of ourselves. This is excellent advice whatever you think of Christian theology in general.