Another Reason to Drop “In God We Trust”
I, like many secularists — theists and non-theists alike — have long been in favor of dropping “In God We Trust” from our currency.
There are ample reasons, of course.
First, it’s divisive. A large minority of Americans, ranging from non-theists to Hindus to Buddhists to Neo-Pagans and others — do not follow the imaginatively-named “God”.
Second, it’s clearly not accurate. If we truly “trusted in God”, we wouldn’t need seat belt laws, or food safety controls, or a national defense. God would take care of all that for us.
And here’s a new reason: Imaginary Muslims are scratching out “God” and writing “Allah” instead:
Self-proclaimed “ex-terrorist” Kamal Saleem tells quite a story about his life, claiming that he worked for late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Hamas, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and fought with Al Qaeda in Tora Bora, all before coming to the United States in order to carry out the “culture jihad.” Sure his entire story is a fabrication, but that hasn’t stopped this descendent of the imaginary “Grand Wazir of Islam” from getting speaking gigs across the country where he criticizes Islam and warns of impending Sharia law in the United States.
Yesterday, Saleem sat down again with fellow anti-Muslim activists Jerry Boykin and Rick Joyner on Prophetic Perspectives where he warned that as part of the effort of Muslim-Americans to usher in an Islamic theocracy, they are replacing the words “In God We Trust” on the dollar with “In Allah We Trust”!
Click through to see the video at rightwingwatch.org.
This could be a good thing. If more people were to cross out “God” and write in something else — “Cthulhu” comes to mind, though I suppose “Allah” or “Good” or “Ourselves” will do too — it might help point out to defendants of IGWT that a declaration of faith just might not belong on currency.
Please note: Defacing US currency is illegal. However, let’s look at what “defacement” is:
Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
That’s pretty serious! But note the key phrase, “with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued”.
If you damage currency in such a way that it can’t be used any more, then you’ve committed a crime. If you cross out “God” with a Sharpie and print “Cthulhu” in the margin above, the bill can still be used, and it is also clear that your intent is not to render it unfit to be reissued.