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justinesaracen's Avatar Comment 1 by justinesaracen

Is it any wonder that the majority of Americans have complete contempt for Congress?

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:53:03 UTC | #885991

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 2 by Peter Grant

It's bloody bullshit!

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:54:15 UTC | #885992

sunbeamforjeebus's Avatar Comment 3 by sunbeamforjeebus

Pathetic!

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:01:16 UTC | #885995

achromat666's Avatar Comment 4 by achromat666

Translation: "Let's push the idea that we are a christian nation and not the sum total of a number of different beliefs and ideologies, and not so cleverly show non believers what we can do",or something to that pathetic affect.

Or: "let's continue sliding that separating church and state thing out of view, so the world can get a better view of our 'god did it' collection of recycled ideas fresh from the mint."

Progress is impossible with this backward thinking.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:07:02 UTC | #885996

some asshole's Avatar Comment 5 by some asshole

And how about making In God We Doubt the national motto? That would make these asshole Christians feel the same way atheists are made to feel every time they see or hear crap like that.

But I do agree that the USA was founded on Christian values: Genocide, slavery, intolerance, bigotry, and misogyny, to name but a few.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:19:11 UTC | #886000

nok's Avatar Comment 6 by nok

Comment 1 by esuther :

Is it any wonder that the majority of Americans have complete contempt for Congress?

If only this were true. Unfortunately, all too many Americans probably agree with this move.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:19:41 UTC | #886001

MilitantNonStampCollector's Avatar Comment 7 by MilitantNonStampCollector

Why so keen to trust in this vicious God fellow?

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:19:52 UTC | #886002

blitz442's Avatar Comment 8 by blitz442

Yeah, this is important business to attend to.

This is akin to me finding out that a person who I have hired for a position of great responsibility has been spending most of his time playing angry birds.

Actually, here is a better comparison to something that happens all of the time. In many professional environments, people will spend a lot of their time avoiding difficult issues by frenetically occupying themselves with busywork that barely addresses the problems. The manager who has been charged with drumming up business spends most of his time reworking the company slogan...etc.

If done skillfully, such tactics can create quite the impression that real work is being done.

American people need to start calling our elected representatives into our office to for a little convo. "Yes, I see that you have been very busy with the stuff that is unimportant or requires very little intellectual effort or creativity to deal with, but how about tackling, you know, the struggling economy, our massive debt, education, our crumbling infrastructure....."

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:24:26 UTC | #886003

Philoctetes                                        's Avatar Comment 9 by Philoctetes

It is received wisdom that non-believers cannot get elected to Congress so it would be unsurprising if the motion was not passed. It will not be Congress that is responsible for this act of delusion but the voters whom elected them. American legislators strive hard to be the laughing stock of the world, what does that say of their constituents? It says to me at least that the battle against fundamental attitudes must not just continue, it must intensify. Only when the population collapses in laughter at the pathetic, populist posturing of a Perry or Bachmann will there be hope of real rationality in lawmaking in the USA.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:25:32 UTC | #886004

Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 10 by Rawhard Dickins

Any supporting evidence for the proposal ???

Or logic ????

Which god anyway? There's bloody hundreds!

Sorry... forgot they've got a collection of contradictory myths from goat-hearders and barely-educated bronze age peasants to rely on..

Carry on, it's only the 21st century!

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:27:11 UTC | #886006

blitz442's Avatar Comment 11 by blitz442

Comment 9 by /////////////////////////////////////////

Only when the population collapses in laughter at the posturing of a Perry or Bachmann will there be hope of real rationality in lawmaking in the USA.

Well said.

There is also a crowding out effect here. How many people of real talent are NOT getting into positions of leadership because of the type of environment that they would have to navigate to get there?

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:28:07 UTC | #886007

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 12 by Zeuglodon

This has been the motto since 1956. What happened in 1956?

"E pluribus unum" is a marvellous motto for the United States, which was originally used as a symbol of reconciliation, and can be loosely interpreted as both affirming individuality and reminding us that we are all in the same boat. I hope it gets reinstated someday, as compared to "In God We Trust" it is far more inclusive and inspiring.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:30:13 UTC | #886009

Agrajag's Avatar Comment 13 by Agrajag

Our nation lost a little bit of its luster when "E Pluribus Unum" was replaced by the current facepalmworthy slogan. Fortunately, the original (arguably best of several) motto remains on the Great Seal of the United States.
Steve

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:33:57 UTC | #886010

Red Dog's Avatar Comment 14 by Red Dog

Here is a link to an action alert from the Secular Coalition for America. Its for US citizens, it will get your zip code and then give you a draft of a letter you can send to your specific congress person telling them to stop wasting time on foolish issues like this.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:38:15 UTC | #886011

Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 15 by Rawhard Dickins

Can we have that re-phrased..

O Lord,...

...ooh, You are so big,...

...so absolutely huge.

Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You.

Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and...

And barefaced flattery.

But You are so strong and, well, just so super.

Amen.

(Python's Meaning of life)

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:40:40 UTC | #886013

achromat666's Avatar Comment 16 by achromat666

Comment 14 by Red Dog :

Here is a link to an action alert from the Secular Coalition for America. Its for US citizens, it will get your zip code and then give you a draft of a letter you can send to your specific congress person telling them to stop wasting time on foolish issues like this.

Done. They may as well be holding signs up that says "What we say goes" for as much purpose this act would serve. And until this sort of stupidity is no longer permitted to continue in government some religidiot in government will no doubt be grabbing that sign and waving it.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:49:34 UTC | #886017

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 17 by Zeuglodon

Comment 14 by Red Dog

More power to them, I say. But I'm not an American resident, which is sad as I would like to have helped, and I doubt they accept non-citizen submissions.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:51:12 UTC | #886018

blitz442's Avatar Comment 18 by blitz442

Comment 14 by Red Dog

Done.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:52:22 UTC | #886019

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 19 by Zeuglodon

Comment 15 by Rawhard Dickins

LOL. See it in action, it's so much funnier. (0:42 to 1:32)

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:00:59 UTC | #886020

hemidemisemigod's Avatar Comment 20 by hemidemisemigod

What's wrong with: "In God (or Gods) We (well, Some of Us anyway) Trust" as a motto?

Or maybe: "In God or Gods or The Scientific Method or Nothing & Nobody We Trust"

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:01:06 UTC | #886021

some asshole's Avatar Comment 21 by some asshole

Comment 14 by Red Dog :

Here is a link to an action alert from the Secular Coalition for America.

Yeah--don't think so. They want my full address? Not gonna happen. Who would I start getting more unsolicited mail from--them, or the idiots they sell my info to? (Oh, I know, they would neeeeeeever do that, oh no.)

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:05:22 UTC | #886022

Jumped Up Chimpanzee's Avatar Comment 22 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee

Maybe they could deign to explain to the masses what "God" is (you know, just so we can be confident they know what they're talking about and it's not just some meaningless word they've plucked out of thin air).

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:05:44 UTC | #886023

Tyler Durden's Avatar Comment 23 by Tyler Durden

H. Con. Res. 13 seeks to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States.

Can somebody please tell Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) that the McCarthy-era hearings\war on Communism\Cold War is over.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:14:18 UTC | #886024

bacalao's Avatar Comment 24 by bacalao

Just under it is the Kate Puzey act for protecting volunteers. My friend Kate died volunteering to make lives better though the peace corps. Her mother was one of my elementary school teachers. How dare they make this an issue and priority over protecting citizens from harm.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:15:22 UTC | #886025

Hendrix is my gOD's Avatar Comment 25 by Hendrix is my gOD

Comment 20 by hemidemisemigod

What's wrong with: "In God (or Gods) We (well, Some of Us anyway) Trust" as a motto?

Or maybe: "In God or Gods or The Scientific Method or Nothing & Nobody We Trust"

or 300 million separate individuals trusting whomever or whatever they freely choose.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:15:36 UTC | #886026

SheerReason's Avatar Comment 26 by SheerReason

I suppose this is as good a reason as any to insist on being paid in precious metals.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:19:50 UTC | #886029

TeraBrat's Avatar Comment 27 by TeraBrat

So, what do we do?

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:26:08 UTC | #886031

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 28 by Stafford Gordon

Smoke and mirrors and dumbing down. I prefer, sex and drugs and rock and roll.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:21:02 UTC | #886051

planetzultar's Avatar Comment 29 by planetzultar

unbelievable

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:22:26 UTC | #886052

Sample's Avatar Comment 30 by Sample

He's on a mission from God.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:33:34 UTC | #886058