NEW YORK, NY – JULY 23: (This Image was made with a panoramic film camera and scanned into a digital file) People look on during a blessing of the World Trade Center cross before it was moved into its permanent home at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on July 23, 2011 in New York City. The cross is an intersecting steel beam discovered in the World Trade Center rubble which served as symbol of spiritual recovery in the aftermath of 9/11.
It is with the utmost urgency that I write this blog.
A group of atheists have filed a lawsuit to prevent the inclusion of the historic Ground Zero Cross at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. We have learned from their lawsuit that they, “have suffered, are suffering, and will continue to suffer damages, both physical and emotional, from the existence of the challenged cross.” Atheists have reportedly endured cross-induced, “dyspepsia [upset stomach], symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish.”
In order to ensure that atheists in America never again experience any of the aforementioned ailments, I need your assistance in writing “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Protecting American Atheists.”
To help you get started, I’ve identified things that must be removed or altered immediately to rectify the government’s continued disregard for the hurt feelings of godless Americans.
-The new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial includes much of “Dr. King’s Spiritual Presence” by permanently inscribing portions of his sermons on the memorial inscription wall
-The National Motto: “In God We Trust”
-“Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance
-“Seven in Heaven Way” street sign honoring seven firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11
-The Chaplains Corps of each branch of the U.S. Military
-All “Religious” Artwork in the National Gallery of Art
-The Latin phrase “Laus Deo [Praise be to God]” on the cap of the Washington Monument
-Surviving copies of The National Anthem, which includes the phrase “In God is our trust”
-On the Lincoln Memorial are etched the word of the Gettysburg Address (“this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”) and his Second Inaugural Address (“with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right,”) which are replete with references to God
-The Jefferson Memorial’s dome includes this inscription about God, “I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” There are other references to God in the memorial
-On the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is inscribed, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God”
-The federal courthouse containing the Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia contains a sculpture, which includes a cross and the Ten Commandments
-The south frieze of the U.S. Supreme Court Courtroom depicts Moses holding the Ten Commandments
-The metal gates on the north and south sides of the U.S. Supreme Court Courtroom contain the Ten Commandments, as well as the doors leading to the courtroom
-The east facade of the outside of the Supreme Court shows Moses holding the Ten Commandments
-The Library of Congress Jefferson Building contains a large statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments and the Apostle Paul over looking the rotunda
–Inscribed on the wall of the Cox Corridors of the U.S. Capitol is the phrase “America! God shed his grace on Thee”
-The Prayer Room of the U.S. Capitol contains the phrase “Annuit coeptis” (translated “God has favored our undertakings”) and the words of Psalm 16:1
-The House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol contains the National Motto “In God we trust”
-Inscribed in the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol are the phrase “Annuit coeptis” (translated “God has favored our undertakings”) and the National Motto “In God we trust”
-The Emancipation Proclamation featured in the National Archives invoking “gracious favor of Almighty God”
-The United States Department of Veterans Affairs chaplains program
-“Christmas” and “Thanksgiving” are official federal government holidays
-The U.S. Constitution itself references “Year of our Lord”
-Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 457 (1892), where the Supreme Court declared that “this is a Christian nation”
–Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306 (1952), where the Supreme Court declared, “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being”
-The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial with thousands of white crosses over each of the graves represented at that cemetery
–Arlington National Cemetery is replete with religious symbolism complete with a list of authorized religious emblems
Please leave your additions to “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Protecting American Atheists” in the comments section below.
Together, we can protect atheists from references to American history.