Monday, December 08, 2008

Capitol Visitor Center's Motto?

It has been a couple of years since I took my family to the US Capital in Washington DC. We toured the capital, enjoying the experience.

Recently, Capitol Visitor Center was finished and opened to the public.

Initially estimated to cost around $71 million in the early 1990s, it came in at around $621 million and three years late. Besides obvious cost over runs and a project that
turned into a huge boondoggle, the Center's theme has come into question.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has taken a cause accusing the Center of failing "to appropriately honor our religious heritage that has been critical to America's success."

It is most obvious in a quote enshrined at the Center's door from 19th-century Rep. and Sen. Rufus Choate (Whig-MA): "We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution."

It is clear that this pagan statement was placed there to trump our nation's national motto: "In God We Trust."

Although "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance, among other references to the Christian God, do appear in places in the Center, they are just not as prominent.

I love our Constitution but do not place it above our canonized scriptures.

It does not surprise me the learn of this "over sight." Many in government believe they are god incarnate; that man derives his freedoms and rights because of the government's self-believing and promoting omniscient, even omnipotent and omnipresence, roles.

The Capitol Visitor Center is the federal government's latest foray at self-deification.

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