Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Norman. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
For the past eight years, political correctness has been front and center in the media, but most everyone agrees we may have gone overboard with this foolishness. Unfortunately, one of the victims of this philosophy is the editorial section of our very own Buffalo News.
Gasp! What happened? Norman says:
I have been watching it very closely for the past six months and find that phrases like, “intelligent design,” “all-knowing, supreme being” and “creator” have completely disappeared.
Egad — something is terribly wrong in Buffalo! After that startling disclosure, Norman tells us:
These phrases are found in our Constitution, on our money, in our pledge of allegiance and in invoking our creator’s help in times of strife by our presidents.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Not one of those phrases is in the Constitution. As for our money, see Early Motto on First US Penny, where we learned that the motto on the first US coin was “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.” No mention of “intelligent design,” or any “all-knowing, supreme being.”
Wikipedia’s article In God We Trust says:
“In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States. It was adopted as the nation’s motto in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.
“In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. A law passed in a Joint Resolution by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84-140) and approved by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 30, 1956 declared IN GOD WE TRUST must appear on currency. This phrase was first used on paper money in 1957, when it appeared on the one-dollar silver certificate. The first paper currency bearing the phrase entered circulation on October 1, 1957.
The Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t have any of Norman’s magic phrases either. It was drafted in 1887 and wasn’t adopted by Congress until 1942. “Under God” was added in 1954.
Okay, let’s return to Norman’s letter. He tells us:
They have served us well for over 200 years, and as a subscriber to the paper, I must ask: What gives?
What gives? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Norman thinks the Constitution, coinage, and pledge of Allegiance have referred to intelligent design and an “all-knowing, supreme being” for 200 years — and he wants to know “what gives”? He continues:
This kind of political correctness against something great is extremely foolish and insulting to us citizens who have espoused acknowledgment of someone or something greater than ourselves.
Norman is insulted. Boo hoo. He finishes with this:
I personally find it very uplifting and politically correct when political speeches end with the phase, “God bless America.”
Norman lives in his fantasy world, we have reality, and he’s insulted. Hey, Norman: deal with it.
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