Is ‘In God We Trust’ a good motto? Video chat recap

This week’s live discussion led off with the passage in the House of a measure reaffirming “In God We Trust” … Continued

This week’s live discussion led off with the passage in the House of a measure reaffirming “In God We Trust” as our national motto.  While the courts have been clear that there is no church-state issue here, there are plenty of other reasons to question these words and the importance of raising this issue right now.

Should this be our national motto?  What about “E Pluribus Unum?”  Which words are more needed as our nation experiences paralyzing political polarization?

We also discussed the worsening feud between the Obama administration and segments of the Catholic Church, especially the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Were political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services correct to champion the cancelation of multi-million dollar grants which supported Catholic-administered services to victims of human trafficking because the providers did not offer contraception and abortion to those they served?

What happens when experts acknowledge that that best overall services are provided by people who refuse to include legal and, what many would argue are, necessary options for the people they serve?  Although abortion is clearly a political issue, is it really right for people to play politics with it?

Finally, we explored why the “Occupy” movement has been relatively weak in Washington.  Could it be that people living closest to the seats of political power are most aware that the economic challenges we face are much more complex than the rage at “1%’ers” which seems to define the occupy movement?

About

Brad Hirschfield An acclaimed author, lecturer, rabbi, and commentator on religion, society and pop culture, Brad Hirschfield offers a unique perspective on the American spiritual landscape and political and social trends to audiences nationwide.
  • JackMcDonnell

    Look at the camera lens not a the monitor. Moron…

Read More Articles

colbert
Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

emptytomb
God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

noplaceonearth
An Untold Story of Bondage to Freedom: Passover 1943

How a foxhole that led to a 77-mile cave system saved the lives of 38 Ukrainian Jews during the Holocaust.

shutterstock_148333673
Friend or Foe? Learning from Judas About Friendship with Jesus

We call Judas a betrayer. Jesus called him “friend.”

shutterstock_53190298
Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism

The all-or-nothing approach to the Bible used by skeptics and fundamentalists alike is flawed.

shutterstock_178468880
Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

shutterstock_186795503
The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

shutterstock_185995553
How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

HIFR
Heaven Hits the Big Screen

How “Heaven is for Real” went from being an unsellable idea to a bestselling book and the inspiration for a Hollywood movie.

shutterstock_186364295
This God’s For You: Jesus and the Good News of Beer

How Jesus partied with a purpose.

egg.jpg
Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.

SONY DSC
Dear Evangelicals, Please Reconsider Your Fight Against Gay Rights

A journalist and longtime observer of American religious culture offers some advice to his evangelical friends.