Friday, May 30, 2008

"In God We Trust"

There are some crazy Christians in the Antelope Valley. First, the Antelope Valley Press (link will expire in a week) reported on a woman whose home was vandalized after she spoke out against the Lancaster (CA) City Council displaying the slogan "In God We Trust". She wants it treated as a hate crime, which I'm inclined to favor. Nothing like showing the love of Jesus by spray-painting "In God We Trust" on someone's house.

The same day, Kieffe and Sons Ford in Mojave apologized for using a well-worn spam email in an ad campaign telling non-believers to "sit down and shut up" because they're in the minority. After first being blogged about here, the story was eventually picked up overseas. I never did hear the ad before it was pulled. I guess I missed out.

The funny thing is, if we really believe, "In God We Trust" then does it really matter if others disagree? I don't mean that in an inflammatory way, but rather if we really believe that then why retaliate against someone who believes differently, or tell them they need to shut up?

The irony? While my wife and I were discussing this over lunch, we were enjoying our In -N-Out burgers with "John 3:16" printed on the bottom of our sodas. Isn't Free Speech a wonderful thing?

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