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House wastes time reaffirming importance of religion

Earlier this week, the US House of Representatives spent considerable time proposing a resolution that would reaffirm the importance of religion. Instead of spending their time devising possible ways to fix the economy, they create resolutions reaffirming religious declarations in a country based on secular ideals.

“A resolution that ‘reaffirms the importance of religion’—specifically a Judeo-Christian religion—in the lives of Americans excludes the many Americans for whom religion is not important, or those who do not identify with a Judeo-Christian religion,” said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.

“This only serves to divide rather than unite Americans,” Rogers continued. “This resolution insinuates that because Christianity is the majority religion in the United States, the religion and its followers should be privileged by our government, but this logic is problematic – our Constitution is secular precisely to protect all Americans regardless of their religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs.”

According to the House, meaningless resolutions are more important than the economy. They take precedence over health care and providing a good education to children. The House doesn’t seem to care that their approval ratings are about to dip into single digits. Actually running the country is a second thought to disparaging anyone who isn’t a Christian.

Last year, the Republican-led House passed a resolution reaffirming that “In God We Trust” is the national motto. The symbolic legislation encouraged the public display of the motto in all public buildings, public schools and government institutions.

So the House feels that a yearly reaffirmation of their faith via resolutions is necessary above and beyond any matters of state that they were elected for. They should be writing tangible bills that will become laws to better the United States instead of being divisive, patronizing, and deriding those who think differently than they do.

“The resolution was necessary because we felt it was appropriate to remind the president what, in fact, the motto of our great country is,” Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) explained.

How about we go back to the de facto motto, “E pluribus unum?” Surely that fits the United States better, given the fact that the country is made up of immigrants from all over the world with their own customs and beliefs blending into the American culture. Everyone knows that the god in “In God We Trust” is the Christian god. By making this America’s motto, you are purposely excluding Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, and anyone else that doesn’t subscribe to the belief system of Christianity.

With the resolution last year and this year, Congress is setting a very dangerous precedent, on that takes America away from its secular ideals and marches it towards a United States with an official, Christian religion.

This resolution was not called for by the people. It was the idea of a few Congressmen who believe their way of life is threatened. They are so determined to change the country to align with their beliefs that they cannot see that they are alienating the very people who make America great. Their refusal to recognize a diverse population is placing a wedge between the people and, in the process, destroying the country. These are the same people who refuse to compromise with the president and would rather watch the United States burn than to live another day in a secular nation. The people of the United States don’t want to see its economy collapse, but these misguided, and ignorant, fundamentalists will not give way until they have transformed America from a land of plenty, with welcoming arms, to a nation that strictly follows the Bible and the Christian faith.

It is time for Congress to actually perform the job to which they were elected. This includes compromising and genuinely attempting to make things better. If they can’t, Congress should keep in mind that an election is only a few weeks away. The people giveth and the people taketh and no god can prevent the voting actions of an angry electorate tired of their representatives wasting time and money in Washington.

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