Yesterday the American Humanist Association (AHA) called out the Congregressional Prayer Caucus (CPC) for their criticism of President Obama earlier in the week because he used our official motto “E Pluribus Unum” instead of the more recently approved motto “In God We Trust” during a speech. The CPC say they are upset because Obama doesn’t mention God enough in his speeches.
AHA President David Niose said he wasn’t “surprised, because it has been clear for years that pluralism offends those who strive to make a biblical worldview the basis of public policy.” He did note though that this is the first time religiously motivated individuals have officially said that they think the motto approved by our founding fathers in 1782 is offensive.
E Pluribus Unum is Latin for “Out of Many One.” It appears on our national seal. Niose says this is a perfect motto for America because out of many states we have one nation. And despite the fact that we are a nation of immigrants and peoples from all over the world, we are all Americans. Niose added “To disparage the use of E Pluribus Unum is to criticize the fabric of American government and society.”
According to Niose, the CPC’s attempt to “police the President’s language, using religious reference as an indicator of patriotism and freedom, rings of McCarthyism.” The allusion to McCarthyism is apt because it was during this period in 1956 that the United States Congress set aside the First Amendment prohibition on their establishing a religion and changed not only our motto, but our pledge of alliegence as well. The attempt by the CPC to revive this sorrow chapter of American history is something that should be opposed by all Freedom loving people. The question we need to ask is Congressman Forbes, organizer of the CPC is trying to become the next McCarthy by questioning the patriotism of anyone who doesn’t refer to God exactly the way he thinks they should.
The American Humanist Association was founded in 1941 to represent the views of Humanists. It has chapters in Florida, including the Humanists of Florida Association.
For more information about the AHA visit their website at: www.americanhumanist.org
To learn more about the Humanists of Florida Association visit: www.floridahumanist.org
The Congressional Prayer Caucus has 68 members including Jeff Miller of Florida’s first district. The letter to the president can be viewed here: http://forbes.house.gov/UploadedFiles/National_Motto_Letter_to_President.pdf