|How would you feel about spending dollar bills like these?|
How would you feel about that?
Angry? Betrayed? Persecuted?
If so, now you understand why many atheists are upset over these phrases on our currency. You may also be interested to know that many of us don't want the above hypothetical phrasing on our money, either, even though it agrees with our position. Why?
Because our government was set up to make "no law regarding the establishment of religion." Thomas Jefferson called this "a wall of separation between church and state." It is clear from the wording in the constitution as well as the explanation of that wording directly from the founding fathers, that the United States government is to take no official position on anything relating to religion, and this includes the question of whether or not a god exists. An official government statement endorsing atheism would be just as unconstitutional as one endorsing a theist view.
It can't be emphasized enough that a secular government is not an atheist government. An atheist government makes atheism an official state policy. A secular government makes no official policy on the existence of gods. It really