After approving a privately funded “In God We Trust” display at the Government Plaza, the Mobile County Commission handed the ACLU a victory in the inevitable lawsuit that will be filed by rejecting a similar request for a public display by atheists and pagans.
The commission voted 2-1 against the privately-funded plaque on public property requested by pagan, Universalist, and atheist groups. Apparently “public” means “Christian-only.”
The Mobile Atheist Community asked for a display that reads “in reason we trust,” the Universalists proposed one that says “coexist,” and the pagans suggested a plaque reading “in Goddess/es we trust.” More than 20 people represented both sides of the issue Thursday at the commission’s meeting, including a supporter for the national motto display who claims “God spoke audibly through the hood of my car.”
There’s a medication for that. Just throwing that out there.
Dean Young a former congressional candidate, claimed that because this is a Christian nation, our national motto shouldn’t share statements with “random groups,” or something:
This is not a Muslim nation, this is a Christian nation. Our national motto is the national motto and we shouldn’t put random statements by random groups on the wall.
I wasn’t aware Muslims were even involved. His “Christian nation” propaganda was rapidly smacked down by US Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient:
Given that our 100 percent Godless constitution and treaties are the supreme law of the land, those who claim we are a Christian nation might have some difficulty explaining our very first treaty, the law of the land, which explicitly declares in its first sentence, the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.
Others, like David Preston, compared atheists to spoiled children:
“I come before you as a conservative baptist, a civil libertarian,” said David Preston. He said the commissioners probably had kids and knew what it was like when they were upset. “When you let one child do something and the other whines and throws a fit, they lose interest when you let them do it,” he said. Preston proposed letting other plaques be displayed because he said it would be “calling their bluff” and that it wouldn’t really happen.
“They want the denial so they can make a bigger fuss,” he concluded.
In the end, the Commission ruled against the atheists, pagans, and Universalists, with President Connie Hudson saying that they weren’t going to “deal with any other plaques:”
If any other motto is added, that would give credence. Until then, the commission will not deal with any other plaques.
It’s so nice to know we live in a country that actively refuses to represent us, but still expects us to represent it.