AHA News |  

Humanists Denounce “In God We Trust” Motto Bill

Washington, DC, July 13, 2010

 

The American Humanist Association today strongly criticized an effort by a fundamentalist Christian organization to "return ‘In God We Trust' to every schoolroom in America." The American Family Association, a politically active right-wing Christian group, made this plea in an action alert to members on July 6, calling for supporters to back legislation that would reaffirm the "In God We Trust" motto and call for its placement in all public buildings, including schools (H.Con.Res. 274).

"This AFA action alert is a smoking gun that shows the ‘In God We Trust' motto to be inherently religious, with no real secular purpose," said David Niose, the AHA's president. "Here we have a fundamentalist Christian group leading the charge to place the motto everywhere, obviously to impose their particular religious views on everyone, including nonreligious and humanist families."

Rather than wide placement of the religious motto, the AHA instead recommends placement of the nation's original motto, E Pluribus Unum (Latin for "Out of many, one"), which still appears on the national seal, in public buildings. "E Pluribus Unum is the kind of motto that all Americans can embrace," Niose said. "It's inclusive, reflecting our pluralistic character and emphasizing our unity. The ‘In God We Trust' motto is inherently exclusive and divisive, and unfortunately that's precisely why religious fundamentalists are so fond of its wide placement."

He continued: "This political effort by the religious American Family Association demonstrates the discriminatory nature of the ‘In God We Trust' motto, and illuminates its religious purpose and effect. No matter what one's religious background and belief, surely one can understand that no child should have to go to public school each morning to see signs declaring his or her family's religious beliefs to be wrong. That's just unfair, not what this country is all about."

The AHA is urging legislators to carefully consider the underlying motivation behind the American Family Association's action alert, and the legislation that it supports.

The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is the idea that you can be good without a belief in God.

###

 

American Humanist Association

Phil Robertson's most recent hateful comments about non-theists and rape were ou...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

We are happy to announce the 2015 AHA Keynote Speaker for this year's annual con...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Northeast Ohio Humanist Association, to th...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Birthday to the incredible Gloria Steinem! Gloria was AHA's 2012 Humanist...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

We want to hear from you! Please take a minute to complete this survey on the A...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

For those who "liked" our page today after watching last night's CNN segment on...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This website is so cool! You can buy a t-shirt, poster or tote with the entire...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Our friends at the United Church of Bacon (yes, it's real!) were recently discri...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Do you think public schools should continue to observe religious holidays?

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

More Americans are turning away from organized religion! Watch AHA Communication...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

The new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt adds a little humor to doomsday...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Over half of the population in the US would not support an atheist presidential...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Our friends Harry and Charlotte Shaughnessy of the Triangle Freethought Society...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Join the community that led activists like Steve Ahlquist and others to a deeper...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have a great weekend, happy humanists! #dayofhappiness

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

"Do You Believe?" the latest Christian film just released today in theaters, app...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have you seen "Chappie"? Tell us what you thought.

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

The AHA conference is right around the corner and we can't wait! Join us in De...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Episode 19 of the Cartoon History of Humanism is out now!

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Which major U.S. cities have the most religiously unaffiliated residents?

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Latest Huffington Post article from AHA Executive Director, Roy Speckhardt. Whe...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Through a cooperative program between Foundation Beyond Belief and the American...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

If you're planning to attend the AHA Conference in Denver in May and you live in...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

What do specific groups think about scientific issues?

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Trying to ban marriage for any non-religious person? What is the deal Oklahoma?

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Brotherhood that breeds hate for their fellow Humans. How do these groups still...

13 days ago