God Airbrushed From Capitol Visitor Center

The new $621 million capitol Visitor Center does more than spare Harry Reid from having to smell the unwashed masses. It also advances the campaign to replace meaningful religion with worship of the State:

Among the critics [of the Visitor Center] were Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who several weeks ago noticed that something was missing from a center’s replica of the House Speaker’s rostrum. The words “In God We Trust” — engraved over the actual rostrum in 1962 — were not included in the replica.

The center identified “E. Pluribus Unum” (rather than “In God We Trust”) as the official national motto. Displays deleted these words from Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance; “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind…”; and the words “in the Year of Our Lord” from Article 7 of the Constitution.

DeMint and dozens of other congressmen objected and the deleted phrases were restored. But Demint [and others] still aren’t happy about other godless aspects of the center, especially this quote etched into a wall near the entrance: “We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution.”

This is hardly the only example of apparatchiks furtively attempting to airbrush God out of American history:

• Neither the World War II Memorial (2004) nor the FDR Memorial (1997) — Washington’s two newest monuments — contain references to God. The WWII memorial includes a God-related quote from Eisenhower’s D-Day message, but it ends just before the general seeks “the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

• In 2007, a replica of the Washington Monument’s aluminum cap, on display inside the monument, recently was turned so that the words “Laus Deo” (Latin for ‘Praise be to God’) were no longer visible to vistors. After receiving 28,000 email complaints, the National Park Service said it was a simple mistake and they’d turn it back.

• In 2007, after protests from House Republican Leader John Boehner and others, the Office of the Architect of the Capitol reversed its stated policy of removing references to God or religion from certificates that were given to citizens along with flags flown ceremonially over the Capitol.

• The new John Quincy Adams Presidential Dollar, released earlier this year, contained the words “In God We Trust” along the edge of the coin rather than on its face. After receiving many complaints, the U.S. Mint announced that the motto will appear on the heads side of the 2009 Adams dollars.

Like vultures closing in on a dying man in the desert, moonbats will retreat when challenged, only to sneak in closer still at the next opportunity. Future generations will likely be raised to believe the Founding Fathers were atheists.

On a tip from V the K. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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