Letters to the Editor

Motto unnecessary behind commission dais

In addition to the taxpayer expense involved to mount “In God We Trust” above the Miami-Dade Commission dais (In Dade’s politicians, I trust not at all, Nov. 15) don’t overlook the cost of the inevitable lawsuits to follow.

Certainly the ACLU is already on it, but I, and perhaps others, will refer the matter to other organizations that are working to protect the separation of church and state, such as Americans United and the American Humanist Association.

This motto already is too ubiquitous. Interestingly, it has been during times of national crisis that the expression has been most promoted. The Civil War brought it to our currency, and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance was added during the angst of the Cold War. It now appears that some see a new crisis, this time emanating from those opposed to marriage and gender-identity equality.

Is this reason enough to offend those who don’t wish to have their belief politicized?

David C. Hancock, Coconut Grove