The House of Representatives is putting forth a resolution reaffirming the US motto “In God We Trust”.
Although probably not the author’s intent, if you don’t agree with the sentiment, this resolution is divisive. It is probably understood by the authors of the resolution that the “God” they reference is the God of Christianity, maybe with a token nod to other monotheistic religions. The myopic discarding of the beliefs of all citizens that are not monotheists is a travesty by representatives of the modern USA.
A better, more unifying motto would be “E pluribus Unum” or out of many, one. It is representative that our country is not heterogeneous and from that diversity we derive our greatest strengths.
Such a motto recognizes that there is no single definition of American. A patriotic American need not be only Christian or Jewish, but can be Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, Wiccan, Pagan, secular, agnostic, atheistic, or even believe in Native American spirituality or other regional religions. The beauty of the constitution is that it does not restrict the freedom of religion to monotheistic religions, but it is free for any person to believe and practice as they wish.
The Secular Coalition of America has sent a letter to congress explaining the origin and history of the phrase “In God we Trust”, as well as detailing the constitutional principles that need to be recognized before passing such a resolution.