Every other sheriff in America has rugs reading "In God We Trust," and people evidently care so little about that statement that they'll walk on it for months before noticing it's misprinted. But if you tell folks to trust in dog, then you're doing something noteworthy.
We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.
Fraud, redemption, suicide, fear of failure, the ineluctable dance with death, alcoholism, and the addictive joy of creating art -- these are a few of the recurring themes in some of the highlights from this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
In In God We Trust, interview subjects talk about what they knew of Bernie Madoff's empire, especially as far as who knew what about the "investing" of funds for an elite clientele, and the goings on at the mysterious 17th floor where no one dared tread.
Anyone who wishes to be successful is looking for an advantage, a leg up on the competition to get ahead and win. Yet, one of the least called upon ways to gain leverage is by accessing that time-tested intangible called God or Spirit.
I am ashamed to live in a state that marginalizes minority religions. Through the endorsement of days of prayer and the inhibition of students' religious freedom, Virginia prides itself on being "God's state."
The effort by junior administration officials to prevent the addition of any references to God from the speeches recorded on plaques at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, is an outrage.
TV talk show host Donald Trump said that President Obama's birth certificate was insufficient proof he was born in America. "Anyone can invent a long form", said Trump. "It is just a piece of paper. We Americans need his placenta".
Pledges to political principles have taken on the aura of confessions of faith. But Democrats and Republicans could find a way beyond the present impasse if they would just take seriously two principles.
Twice in the last three decades, the Supreme Court has specifically identified that phrase as being void of substantive sacred meaning. If you are a believing monotheist, is that how you want God's name treated?