Our original motto was E Pluribus Unum; a Latin phrase that means “one from many” or, more literally, “from many, one.” The purpose for the motto was to show that, despite us being a multitude of people from a multitude of different backgrounds, we were capable of forming one unified nation to provide for the common welfare.
In the 1950s, we changed that. The official motto became “In God We Trust.” No longer were we one nation that came from many people. Now we were a nation that trusted in some sort of insipid ceremonially deist entity, except we all know what the hidden possessive pronoun between “In” and “God” is. This has since propagated, because let’s face it, this nation was formed on two things: delusions of independence and hatred of foreigners. And nothing says “stay out” like “In (My) God We Trust.”
This is the motto appearing on a sign hanging above a public-hearing room in Clark County, Washington.
And the satanists are challenging that.
The satanists are fine with the sign hanging there, as it was donated by a nonprofit, but they want a sign of their own. And it’s probably not what your thinking, either:
If Clark County council members insist on going through with their plan, the Satanic Temple hopes to work with a lawyer to argue for another sign to go up as well: “E Pluribus Unum” which means “From the Many, One.
So for those keeping score at home, the Satanists are requesting that a plaque be hung beside “In (My) God We Trust” with our original, pre-redbaiting motto on it.
A member of the satanic temple, Amy Whims, told the news agency that, “In a way we’re really excited it happened in our state and that we get to help.” They didn’t expect a conflict like this in the Pacific Northwest, she noted, but here it is.
The Clark County Manager, Mark McCauley, told the affiliate that he didn’t think the sign request was going to be granted. He said that he didn’t think anymore signs would “receive a warm welcome.” Apparently, we no longer want to be reminded that we’re a nation of many.
After all, “oligo-“, the prefix in oligarchy, means “few.”
Watch the report below: