‘In God we trust’ dilemma not worth it

Elijah Anderson

It is a phenomenon found nationwide on college campuses. We have all known him or her, that one persistently annoying guy or girl who is loud and proud of their atheism. The college classroom is their pulpit; their ignorant religious peers are their pupils. Ensured of their profound insights and ability to see through the “hogwash” that is religion, it is their self-given duty to spread their doctrine of skepticism. 15 minutes later after their tirade on God finally ends, the class is baffled as to how it had anything to do with the lecture on supply and demand.  It reminds me of the saying, “How do you know when somebody is an atheist? Don’t worry, they’ll let you know.” Well folks, that one person is about to get a whole lot more angry.

The ruling was handed down last Thursday as our entire country was focused on the potential threat of war in Syria. As our gaze turned towards the world stage, a federal court struck down a case brought forth by the Freedom from Religion Foundation that would have declared unconstitutional the inscription of our national motto, “In God We Trust,” on our coin and paper money. Fortunately, the judges in this case were not afflicted by a bout of judicial activism that we have often seen play out in cases such as these and instead determined to maintain the status quo and avoid potential catastrophe.

I, for one, applaud this ruling.  Take a second and imagine the uproar and chaos that would result from the removal of this slogan. Envision President Obama and his administration collecting our currency, smelting it down and producing new money devoid of any mention of God. Our country as it stands today is radically polarized. According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 77 percent of Americans claimed to be adherents to some type of Christianity, while only 15 percent claimed no affiliation. Can we really afford to fan the flames anymore to satisfy the demands of an outspoken few? The answer is no.

At the end of the day, this is a trivial matter at best. How often do you look down at the quarter you put in a vending machine and think, “Wow, I really wish my government wouldn’t make me worship God”? You simply don’t; it is an afterthought if anything. My advice is this: If it is so offensive to you, simply use a debit or credit card. In this case, the principle of utilitarianism must reign supreme.  The chaos that would reign stemming from a decision to remove our national motto is simply not worth it. Moreover, who even uses cash and coins anymore?