Monday, March 12, 2007

'Have militant atheists infiltrated the U.S. Mint?' Don't Be Ridiculous!

Sometimes we evangelicals are our own worst enemies. The US Mint has announced that it accidentally released an unknown number of new dollar coins commemorating George Washington's presidency without the phrase "In God We Trust" lettered on their edges. And, of course, some evangelicals in the States are seeing it as a part of a larger conspiracy by militant atheists to remove God from America's public life. I won't go into the details, but a simple search of websites and blogs on Google will illustrate the point.

Quite frankly, this is silly. It was a mistake, plain and simple. In 1955, the United States passed legislation that made "In God We Trust" mandatory on all coins and paper currency. The US Mint is not going to knowingly disobey the law and to suggest otherwise demonstrates a level of paranoia and suspicion that goes way beyond careful watchfulness and discernment and brings disrepute on the many careful thinking Christians in the States and elsewhere who are fighting real religious liberty issues.

So, let it go, folks. We all have bigger battles to fight and ones that are not worth ruining our reputations over.

1 comment:

Mark said...

There sure are much larger concerns in the world! Too bad so many are pouring valuable energies and efforts into silliness!

Thanks for a good reminder.