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  •  Here is what I posted on facebook about the ads (6+ / 0-)

    I don’t generally read the newspaper ads but this morning’s Louisville Courier-Journal had full page dueling ads.

    On page A12 was Hobby Lobby’s ad with “In God [in red] We Trust” in large bold letters. It was surrounded with religious quotes from Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Congress, and authors, and the Bible. Under “Education” they included quotes from the 1638 Harvard Student Guide and the 1787 Yale Student Guide. There is no mention that the “In God We Trust” motto was not the original motto and appeared the first time on some coins after the Civil War - the North was poking the South with the fact that their God beat Confederate’s God of Slavery. “In God We Trust” was added to all money and displaced the inclusive motto, E pluribus unum, with their exclusive motto in 1956 during the cold war as proof God was on the side of capitalism. Hobby Lobby’s ad makes no mention of the U.S. Constitution, which never mentions God.

    The other full page ad is sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Their bold letters read, “Celebrate Our Godless [in red] Constitution.” Above and below were three founders, Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, George Washington (top); John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison (bottom). Under their likeness were secular quotes from each. When given 13 State Constitutions as their model, our Founders chose the one that does not mention God. Rather than beginning with something like "With God's guidance," the U.S. Constitution is a secular document that begins "We The People."

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 06:31:38 PM PDT

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