Atheists have filed suit to prevent ‘In God We Trust’ from being engraved on the Capitol Visitor Center.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Atheists are opposing plans to have the words ‘In God We Trust’ in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance engraved on the walls of the Capitol Visitor Center. As reported by McClatchy Newspapers, national atheists and agnostics group Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. recently filed a lawsuit to prevent the engraving, citing it would be an attempt by officials to impose religion on others.
Rep. Dan Lungren of California, who is advocating for the engraving, is quoted by McClatchy Newspapers as stating of the proposal, “What we’re doing is making a specific historical reference to the beginnings of this republic… To ignore this or to forbid this statement or something like it to appear is to distort history. . . . We’re not trying to change history. We’re trying to enshrine history in the Capitol Visitor Center.”
The Foundation’s president Dan Barker is quoted in the report as stating, “It really is a Judeo-Christian endorsement by our government, and so Lungren is wrong… Lungren and others are pro-religious, and they want to actually use the machinery of government to promote their particular private religious views. That is unconstitutional, and that’s what we’re asking the court to decide.”
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