Photo: State Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny, has proposed legislation to require that the phrase ‘In God We Trust” be displayed in Pennsylvania schools. (STEVE ESACK, THE MORNING CALL / October 22, 2013)
Amazing op-ed from Paul Carpenter about the “In God We Trust” legislation in Pennsylvania.
Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine had it all wrong, in the view of some people, and it is time for America to follow the lead of the sheiks and mullahs of Saudi Arabia and Iran, along with the Imperial Kludds of the Ku Klux Klan and similarly oriented people.
They feel it is not enough to violate the principle of separation of church and state; it’s not enough that the one true established religion is proclaimed on currency. Schoolchildren, they say, must be indoctrinated every day with the official message that the only acceptable belief is built around the dogma of monotheism.
Unacceptable nonestablishment religions and beliefs that do not recognize the one and only true God — Buddhism, American Indian creeds, agnosticism, atheism, etc. — must be crushed, along with those subversive religious organizations that support the complete separation of church and state. Therefore, Pennsylvania can no longer tolerate separation advocates like Mennonites, Unitarians and Quakers.
And so it came to pass that state Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny, observed a burning bush and drafted House Bill 1728, to require that the motto “In God We Trust,” already proselytized by U.S. currency, be displayed by “every school district in this commonwealth … in each school building.”
The motto, says HB 1728, “may take the form of … a mounted plaque or … artwork.” Anything less prominent, I suppose, would result in school officials being busted by the state’s version of the Saudi religious police.
Similar legislation has been advanced by state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks.
Read the rest of Paul Carpenter’s op-ed here: