In a vote of 2-1, the Klamath County Commissioners yesterday approved placing a sign “In God We Trust” in the public meeting room at the Government Center. The sign will be developed from private donations and defended, should someone bring a lawsuit, by the Pacific Justice Institute of Sacramento. In other words the sign will not cost the tax payers a dime to develop or defend. Carol Warren led the effort with the help of Commissioner Tom Mallams to get the item on the commissioner’s agenda.
Of course, when a positive thing, a conservative thing, happens in this county the Herald and News is quick to find dissenting opinions. Klamath Falls City Councilwoman Trish Seiler is one who is opposed to the sign. Per the paper Seiler said that county government “needs to stay out of religion, and religion stay out of government.”
That is quite an interesting statement, because it is contrary to our nation’s founding — a foreign idea. Seiler is correct in that government should stay out of religion by not establishing any religion. However she is completely wrong with the notion that religion should stay out of government.
Did you know that today, Congress still opens each session with a prayer in both the US House and US Senate? For several generations after the founding of this country the Capitol Building in DC was used for church services on Sundays. The fact that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness flow from an understanding of God endowing each human with said rights and that idea being the basis for our revolution is indisputable. No Ms. Seiler, religion is deeply embedded into the fabric and founding of our nation’s government and why so many died for our independence from tyranny. If you remove religious influence from government you set us on a quick course for tyranny once again.
Seiler’s statement is not only unAmerican, it is uninformed — in other words foolishness and worse, ignorance parading about as enlightened thought. Other comments opposed to the sign, promoted by the paper, are just as silly and not really worth discussing.
Bravo to Commissioner Mallams AND Carol Warren for standing up for our nation’s motto, and the God who oversees it.