Carnival of the Godless #96

Carnival of the Godless

The latest Carnival of the Godless is up over at Sean the Blogonaut. Go check it out.

The article most worth reading is “In God We Trust” by The Chaplain at An Apostate’s Chapel. It’s about that supposedly harmless phrase “In God we trust” on our money. “It’s just ceremonial deism!” “It’s virtually meaningless!” Kiss my ass, Christians! It isn’t meaningless, and it’s more than ceremonial. The Chaplain demonstrates this by deconstructing a Christian pamphlet.

9 Responses to “Carnival of the Godless #96”

  1. the chaplain Says:

    Thanks for the link and the kind words.

  2. LadyRavana Says:

    Huh. That was quite interesting.

    I’ll confess, I largely ignored the “In God We Trust” printed on money, thinking nothing of it…but I’m embarrassed to say that there are others that would lament that “In God we trust” has been so overused, that we, the people, “take it for granted” or somesuch crap. It’s four tiny words printed on money! How much significance can it really have?! I should have known that there would be plenty of idiot fundies that would over-analyze something that has little or no meaning to the rest of us. Hey, as far as I’m concerned, money’s money.

    I’ll say that I’m all for removing “In God We Trust” from our currency, because it does sound irritatingly dogmatic, as if it assumes that all of us, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, and Pagans alike, all “trust in God.”

    But then, I’m sure if they secularized our money by removing “In God We Trust” then I’m sure that’d get a lot of Christians panties in a twist, not just the Fundies, obviously.

  3. Parrotlover77 Says:

    The “In God We Trust” motto runs completely counter to the US’s original (albeit de facto and not codified) motto, “E pluribus unum.” It’s a damn shame. We’ve gone from celebrating diversity of origin to celebrating Christian majority dominance.

    Things like “In God We Trust” and “…Under God…” are types of legislation that require special circumstances (usually driven by fear) to pass (despite overwhelming public approval) due to most legislators tending to side with tradition historically. The reason those two passed was fear of the commies. It’s the same reason that the modified FISA bill was able to pass just a few weeks ago: fear. It’s a damn shame.

    Reversing these types of decisions will require Herculean efforts and will probably never happen in the near future due to (for the “god” stuff) Christian backlash. Remember the dollar coin fiasco where “In God We Trust” was moved from the face of the coin onto the side? I got several email forwards per week of “THEY REMOVED GOD FROM OUR MONEY! PROTEST!” The phrase wasn’t even removed and they were going apeshit! It’s ironic that the word “GOD” being removed from their coins (aren’t iconography, money worship, and greed bad?) gets them upset, but millions of innocent lives dying in an unnecessary war and occupation is just fine with them.

  4. Sarah Says:

    If you think their reaction over the money is bad, see their reaction to this poor boy’s cracker theft.

  5. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Sarah – I’ve been following that. Growing up in a fairly “liberal” Methodist church, we were taught that the cracker was a symbol of the body of christ, not the literal body. Apparently the Methodist leaders aren’t so liberal in that definition. Although at my church growing up, such a theft would surely be talked about and criticized, I hardly feel it would have escalated beyond, say, throwing an egg at the sanctuary. There would CERTAINLY not be death threats for crying out loud!

    Catholics never cease to amaze me. On one hand, they are very sensible (accepting evolution and environmental responsibility), but on the other hand, they can be the most wacked out radical fringe craziness imaginable (comparing stealing a cracker to the worst sort of hate crime)! WTF?

    BTW: I have never seen Godwin’s Law

  6. LadyRavana Says:

    Yeah…Catholics are an interesting dichotomy, aren’t they?

    I loved some of the snarky comments on that blogpost. Personal favorite: Wacky Cult Wants Magic Biscuit Back.

    I laughed at that for a good two minutes.

    Yes, I am easily amused.

  7. Brian Says:

    For being people who supposedly have the universe all figured out, Christians sure can be a narrow-minded, petty lot given to deplorable excesses of bitching and moaning. You’d think that the extraordinary good fortune of simply being born in a country that overwhelmingly adheres to the right god and the right belief system out of thousands of possible alternatives would be enough to satisfy Christians in America. Apparently the comfort of an eternal life spent in blind worship to a tyrannical universal overseer is insufficient to squelch one’s urge to be an asshole in the here and now. Go figure.

    The truth of the matter is that no matter how confidently and smugly believers will attempt to foist their delusional dogma on others, whether they like it or not, they’re really trying to mask their own gargantuan insecurities about the shaky house of celestial cards we call Christianity. Does the creator of the universe really care about what our currency says? Is it crucial to his/her/its psychological well-being and self-esteem that we include it in a meaningless national loyalty oath? If god existed and even came close to having the attributes it is said to have, I seriously doubt petulanance, narcicissim and jealousy would be among them. But the god Christians say with a straight face exists has all these ignoble qualities, and then some, which is the best evidence that it is a man-made fabrication. Trust in God? I’d rather take my chances on reality, thank you.

  8. ericsan Says:

    Following Sarah’s link, I found this hilariously disgusting video that is probably old poo to most of you, but I got a good chuckle out of it.

  9. Ron Britton Says:


    You’re right. That’s very funny. I hadn’t seen it before. That comes from an Australian TV show. From what I can tell, it isn’t available on DVD here.