God is planning a divine vote next week on whether the members of the U.S. House of Representatives actually trust in Him. The surprise announcement sent angels, archangels and other heavenly beings rummaging through pearly desk drawers to find voter registration certificates and photo IDs.
The House voted Nov. 1 to reaffirm the national motto, “In God We Trust.” The motto — inscribed on all coins and dollar bills–was voted into law in 1956 and reaffirmed by votes in 2002 and 2006. The new reaffirmation encourages display of the motto in all public schools and government buildings
“Methinks they protest too much,” God noted,” if I may quote Shakespeare… and if he was indeed the fellow who wrote all those entertaining plays, but that’s another story. If they were really trusting in Me, they probably wouldn’t have to say it in a motto.”
“But I actually like this new motto better than ‘E Pluribus Unum.’ That puzzled me from the start. What does that really communicate to Americans, anyway, unless they’re priests or Italians?”
“On the other hand, if they call what they’re doing now ‘trust,’ then maybe they DO need to pick a new language. How about some “confianza,” amigos!
“But you gotta be careful. We recently voted to change our own motto up here from the Aristotelian-flavored “proton kinoun akineton” to the catchier ‘Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag.’ But it already sounds dated, you know? A little democracy is a dangerous thing.”
“Anyway, I notice that U. S. courts have ruled ‘In God We Trust’ does not violate separation of church and state provisions because it is not an endorsement of religion but merely a ‘ceremonial Deism.’
“So, I guess I shouldn’t be concerned about it one way or the other, since it’s really not about Me at all. It’s about them.”