Separation of Church and State: Is This What It's All About?
I wonder whether our Founding Fathers intended to stop displays like holiday scenes, or the WTC cross, or even prayer in schools. After all, the words “In God We Trust" have been on our money for more than 50 years, inspired by George Washington’s words at his inauguration more than 200 years ago. Every president in my lifetime has concluded his major addresses with words to “God bless America."
Possibly our forefathers sought to prevent religious heads from influencing decisions made by elected or appointed leaders—the kind of interference that the Pilgrims ran away from when they came here, and the kind of interference that we see in Iraq and many Muslim countries today. In the meantime, the WTC cross holds no religious significance if the viewer does not bestow it. Its stark protest against the 9/11 tragedy renders it a symbol of our nation’s greatness. As a cultural relic, it belongs in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The action by the American Atheists will cost the taxpayers even more money as the government defends against the suit at a time when we really can’t afford to spend money on frivolity. As this plays out, I'm hoping to see the Catholic, Jewish, and Lutheran plaintiff-atheists’ medical bills. And since the atheists will probably win their lawsuit, I'd like to suggest a generic, humanitarian, man-helping-man type of display: How about a big sign that says "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men"?