As Americans United notes in a press release issued today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a resolution, H Con. Res. 13, which would reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and encourage the display of that motto in public spaces.
As last week came to a close, the Secular Coalition of America – an advocacy group made up of atheists, agnostics and humanists – had a chance to meet with members of the Obama Administration.
The meeting on Friday reportedly marked the first time American non-believers have ever met with White House officials, and it really struck a nerve with the Religious Right.
Religious Right-driven skirmishes over the role of religion in public life continue to roil communities around California.
In the latest battle, the Lompoc City Council voted 4-1 this week to post "In God We Trust" at two spots in City Hall. According to the Santa Maria Times, the religious affirmation will be displayed on the speaker's podium and on a lobby wall outside Council chambers.
Religious Right leaders and their followers often assert that it's no big deal when the government endorses religion in a general way. "In God We Trust" appears on our money, and "under God" was slipped into the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a generic endorsement of religion, so no harm done, right?