Is It Reasonable?

Jun 30, 2012 by

Is it reasonable to print “In God We Trust” on currency when it is the root of all evil?

Is it reasonable to pledge our allegiance to an inanimate object, such as a flag, and not to God?

Is it reasonable to sing the National Anthem in different languages for our non English speaking citizens?

Is it reasonable to fly the American Flag over government buildings when it stands for “one nation under God”, a violation of “separation of church and state”?

Is it reasonable to open congressional terms with a prayer or invocation?

Is it reasonable for the presidential oath of office to include the words “so help me God” when it is a custom started by George Washington and not written in the Constitution?

What say you?

5 Comments

  1. joeltaylor1989

    It is unreasonable to fly the flag over government buildings when it stands for “one nation under God”. However, our flag represents our nation, not the beliefs of those in it. It stands for the principles of liberty, equality, and justice, not religious beliefs. So it is not unreasonable to fly the flag over government buildings because it does not violate the separation of church and state.

  2. Vince Giglio

    The principles of liberty, equality, and justice are beliefs. So the flag does stand for our beliefs?

  3. Is it reasonable for the presidential oath of office to conclude with the words “So help me God” when there’s no proof that George Washington did so (see http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-01-07-washington-oath_N.htm), especially when the notion of there being any such custom for other presidents to follow is less than fifty-five years old?

  4. joeltaylor1989

    The flag is a symbol of our nation. If every nation in the world represented those beliefs, there would still be different flags for each nation. As a representation of our nation, it represents the core beliefs of this nation, Liberty, Equality, and Justice. Christian beliefs may have been instrumental to the creation of the nation, but to say that our nation DEPENDS on them as it does upon those three beliefs mentioned seems an overstatement. Liberty, Equality, and Justice are part of the fabric of an American, a belief in God doesn’t.

  5. Lockhaven

    “Is it reasonable to print “In God We Trust” on currency when it is the root of all evil?”

    The function of currency itself, it’s original intent, is to act as a middle grounds for transaction. It is meant to be an idea we have all agreed to function under so as to replace the barter system and it’s many flaws. In the barter system, A represents a specific item that one person wishes to trade for while B represents the item that that person wishes to receive in exchange. Currency is x, it is a variable that has the potential to be converted into either item A or item B. The potential for currency to become nearly anything that labor can produce, such as a chair or a television set, and the very fact that it’s nature is purely and totally defined within the realm of mind and not set by the physical realm is what allows for it to be a sort of “conduit” or “medium” for evil (the absence of good) to manifest. But this is the case with any tool that has the ability to create potential. Communication can be used for evil, sex can be used for evil, science can be used for evil, the law can be used for evil. Any of our tools that has the potential to create potential (communication creates the potential for friendship, sex the potential for life, science the potential of medicine, the law the potential of justice.) has an equal potential to be a conduit of evil. It all lies within our choice. Ideally, applying “In God We Trust”, for a person that does believe in God, on our currency should stand for “I have Faith in God that God will guide me in using this money’s potential for something good over squandering it or using it for something evil.”

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