By Suanna Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
The House of Representatives passed a bill last week to reaffirm the nation’s motto as the phrase “In God We Trust.”
While this sparks many topics to debate, it is a bill that I can support through the constant downpour of issues that seem to overwhelmingly divide us as a nation.
All religious, spiritual, ethical or semantic contention aside, it is an important phrase to instill as our nations motto. It is a moral identity that should be important to all of us as Americans to protect.
The phrase “In God We Trust,” to me, is a part of the timeless and revolutionary structure of America.
Many nations establish a state supported religion. In addition to that the citizens that participate in the states religion often times get certain tax privileges and priorities.
The phrase “In God We Trust” however does not establish a state religion here in the U.S., nor does it give preference to a group of people that practice a particular religion.
The word “God” in the nation’s motto doesn’t define any particular deity or supernatural power, it refers to the notion that people in general have their own beliefs as to how we came into being and how or how not to live our lives.
In my opinion, the motto strongly refers to the thought that no matter what divine power you have faith in, deity, or lack of belief in an intelligent creator, we as a nation can individually use our personal beliefs as a moral compass to navigate our country in a manner that benefits the greater good.
I feel that the use of the word “God” was not intended to exclude any group that claims no belief in a God or creator. Rather it is intended to exhibit the idea that each individual and their beliefs, equally and simultaneously participate in the development of legislature made to uphold the natural rights that we as humans are entitled to.
If we believe each human is equal by nature, than each man’s thought and faith must be equal too.
The framers made it a point to separate church and state in order to serve as the validity of establishing true equality among the people of the U.S., and our nation’s motto embodies that.
Even though I feel that the motto is a pivotal aspect of the nation’s foundation, it’s hard to deny that it doesn’t stir up other topics like gender and gay equality or the progression of science and its understanding.
Such topics are dividing to the American people, and while they may be hard to sift through or discuss, they are conflicts that the framers never wanted us to avoid.
The framers wanted our nation to be made up of many, not one. If there are constant competing interest it eliminates majority factions and ultimately oppression.
As a nation we cannot continue to make law or practice legislative power if the very foundations that grant the power to create law disintegrate.
The recent reaffirming legislature may seem like a counterproductive distraction from job bills, health care, Occupy Wall Street, fast and furious and solyndra energy scandals, but it’s elements like the nations motto that bind us together and make us uniquely American.