Who is the “We” who Trust in God?

A recent unhappy verdict in a Chicago-area Satanist’s legal battle against the post-1956 U.S. Motto “In God We Trust” on paper currency prompts some reflections on how atheistic Satanists and secularists might frame arguments against the increasingly ubiquitous appearance of those words on everything from money to government envelopes and police cruisers to the walls of public schools. I argue that the semantics of the personal pronoun we make the motto offensive and oppressive merely to read and interpret, forcing one who denies the existence of God or gods either to assent in mind to a lie or to accept that he or she is not a proper member of the body politic of the United States, itself a lie for atheist citizens. Maybe my tongue’s a tad tucked into my cheek on this one, but I would so love to see how the courts would respond to these arguments. To enter the legal and linguistic fray more fully, click here.

2 thoughts on “Who is the “We” who Trust in God?

  1. I Am The Devil

    All Devilry is Solo, never to be made public until it is long over.

    There is Not another DEVIL

    they have all deceived, meaning they’ve lost access to all fruits there-of and will perish.

    There is not anything to be Taught about Devilry

    As what is revealed generally will never triumph, not ever

    I never saw the point in any of this.

    do you worship one of them, if so that would explain it.


    • Wait, I thought you were the “dubious panda”! Got news for you: “The Devil” doesn’t exist as an actual entity. Never did. The concept has historically served to demonize any who oppose some other party in a conflict. As for worship, that entails, first, a source of sacredness and, second, abasement of the worshipper before that source. As a Satanist, I deny the possibility of the first condition and refuse the second. Also, I personally prefer the spelling “deviltry,” with the coronal epenthesis to force dissimilation between the liquids. Potato, potahto, I reckon. There is some truth to what you write, though: I’m increasingly convinced that “all deviltry [may well be] solo”; also, I agree that Satanism is not so much taught as felt deeply in one’s being. You can learn about history, traditions, and others’ practice, but you never truly inhabit Satanism until you make it your own. I hope you’re doing that and not just trolling me. Remember: trolls get their tongues ripped out when I ban them from my site.


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