I think that every right-minded person of the Majority Faith, Judeochristianism, should wake up to the crisis in our legal tender. (The rest of you should sit this one out– we don’t care about Ganesh and his name is not on our bills.)
Word is that Mitt Romney’s campaign is putting out rumors that the Democrats want to take God off our bills and coins, but Obama says that’s crazy.
Well, it’s not crazy, and Romney’s campaign should promise that if he’s elected all American money minted or printed henceforth will not bear the name of God. The dollar will just have to be almighty on its own.
Three great world religions worship the God who spoke to Abraham. They are Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Though our money doesn’t specify that this is the God in whom we Trust, it’s an understandable assumption. Kind of the way fans of using taxes for ‘faith-based’ enterprises have a comfort level that their own faith has the inside track.
Although Christians enjoy a huge majority, they are not the most careful with the Holy Name. Orthodox Jews observe care in saying or writing the Name—
Judaism does not prohibit writing the Name of God per se; it prohibits only erasing or defacing a Name of God. However, observant Jews avoid writing any Name of God casually because of the risk that the written Name might later be defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally or by one who does not know better.
Observant Muslims also treat references to God and scripture with respect.
It’s not to say that Christians are slackers, but perhaps there is room for improvement.
When Jesus was presented with a coin, the coin did not say ‘In God We Trust’. It had a picture of Caesar.
So if that coin ended up in some bar, or strip club– no harm, no foul. The Jews didn’t like Caesar much anyway.
Americans like God, and when I think of the gross things people do with money–Ew. Do we really want to throw pearls before swine this way? Print the Holy Name on a piece of paper you should wash your hands after touching you don’t know where it’s been? Bring Him into all sorts of transactions that must not be traced?
I hope that the Republican Party will make it a priority to stop putting the Name of God on filthy lucre that is used to bribe politicians and have enough respect to reserve that Name for places and occasions of reverence and worship.