No, Alveda King, Our Founders Did Not Put "God" On Our Money
Chris Rodda printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 05:34:12 PM EST
Much has been written in recent days about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece, Dr. Alveda King, because of her hooking up with Glenn Beck and being one of the speakers scheduled to appear at Beck's 8/28 rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Most of the coverage of Alveda King has focused on her activities and remarks as an anti-abortion activist, such as her claim that abortion makes African-American children an endangered species, but there's another aspect of King's activism that has been overlooked -- her complicity in the Christian nationalist effort to rewrite American history.

I first came across the name Alveda King about three and a half years ago while writing a series on Talk2Action about the American history revisionism that's making its way into our public schools via the National Council On Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS). The NCBCPS curriculum, already being used in over five hundred school districts in thirty-eight states, contains a far more distorted version of American history than even the worst of what was proposed during the Texas textbook massacre. And who's on the NCBCPS advisory board? Dr. Alveda King -- right along with Glenn Beck's favorite pseudo-historian David Barton, whose historical lies and misquotes appear throughout the NCBCPS curriculum.

While Alveda King's complicity in Glenn Beck's agenda to distort history has primarily been confined to the distortion of the history of the civil rights movement, it is clear that she has also bought into David Barton's revisionism of early American history hook, line, and sinker.

Appearing on Beck's show on Thursday, King not only played along with the downplaying of our country's white founding fathers owning slaves, (because, of course, there were also some black founders who owned slaves too), but claimed that it was our founders who put "In God We Trust" on our money. According to King, "They [the founders] had enough sense to put on the back of that money 'In God We Trust.' You can't eat a piece of bread in America without remembering that you have to trust God to get it."

Alveda King obviously needs a little history lesson -- from somebody other than David Barton.

The national motto chosen by our founders was "E Pluribus Unum." The changing of our national motto to "In God We Trust" and the placing of this motto on our money didn't happen until the 1950s. Like adding "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance, putting "In God We Trust" on our money was the direct result of the "red scare" fears of "godless" communists infiltrating our society and government -- the same fears being revived by Glenn Beck.

The irony here? It was this fear of communists, and the claims of their ties to the civil rights movement, that led the F.B.I. to start wiretapping Martin Luther King, Jr.'s phone in the months following his "I have a dream" speech. Maybe Alveda King needs to do a little reading up on that.




Display:
I'm sure Alveda King knows exactly what lies she is telling.

by sovereignjohn on Sun Aug 29, 2010 at 12:31:57 AM EST

The NCBCPS curriculum, already being used in over five hundred school districts in thirty-eight states...

I gather that's what NCBCPS claims, but had thought there was some serious doubt about their credibility in this case as in so many others.

Have these figures been independently confirmed?

by Pierce R Butler on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 01:22:39 PM EST


At least when it comes to coinage, "In God we trust" has been around for a lot longer than 60 years.

The penny got it when we switched to the Lincoln cent in 1909, the Nickel got it with the switch to the Jefferson nickel in 1938, the nickel with the mercury dime in 1916, and the quarter, half-dollar, and dollar coins all got it in 1866.

I'd still rather not have it on the currency, but we can't blame this on McCarthy.

by BenYitzhak on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 05:16:32 PM EST



WWW Talk To Action


Unholy Alliance for Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety
When I obtained a post from a private email listserv of gun control advocates, I wasn't sure what to do with it. Then I......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Bobby Jindal's Big Rally for Christian Right Dominion
There is a big Christian Right rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, January 24th. The event, called The Response, is intended to, among......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)
Dominionism, Gov. Rick Perry and The Response Rally of 2011
The David Pakman Show recently rebroadcast this "Classic Interview"  with Rachel Tabachnick in which they discuss her groundbreaking work on the New Apostolic Reformation,......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Religious Freedom as Revolution
In which I discuss Religious Freedom Day on the David Pakman Show. I said, among other things, "The idea of religious freedom was one......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
President Obama's Religious Freedom Day Proclamation
As is the annual custom, Mr. Obama issued the the Presidential Proclamation for Religious Freedom Day, 2015. I have republished the whole thing after......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Seize the Day (Religious Freedom Day) on Social Media
Today is Religious Freedom Day! And there are ways to participate on social media on this, the most important national Day that most of......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel
"Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel" is a new article in Tikkun Magazine, (January 2015) by Chip Berlet and......
By Chip Berlet (0 comments)
Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses
Here are the Recommendations from the Report "Constructing Campus Conflict: Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses, 2007-2011: published by Political Research Associates, 2014......
By Chip Berlet (1 comment)
What Did Jefferson & 18th Century Evangelicals Have in Common?
What did Jefferson and 18th century evangelicals have in common?  If you guessed separation of church and state, you can go to the head......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Waking the Sleeping Beast of Religious Liberty
This piece originally appeared as an op-ed at LGBTQ Nation. Something remarkable happened in the run up to the decision of the U.S. Supreme......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Rousing Remarks: Remembering Mario Cuomo's Powerful Speech On Religion And Politics
Two memorable speeches were delivered in the early 1980s on separation of church and state. The first was by U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy......
By Rob Boston (0 comments)
Huckabee Dumps Fox News -- Might Jump in to the Race for 2016
According to a statement on his web site, tonight will be Mike Huckabee's last show on Fox where he has held forth on Saturday......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Seize The Day!: Upcoming Religious Freedom Event Provides An Opportunity For Separation Advocates
Note: Like all of my posts, this one is a cross-post from Americans United's "Wall of Separation" blog. Two weeks from today, the nation......
By Rob Boston (1 comment)
War on Public Education
     Will Rogers once said "the schools ain't what they used to be and then again never was." Public education has become the......
By wilkyjr (2 comments)
Quotes from Mario Cuomo's Speech at Notre Dame
When I heard the news that Mario Cuomo died I had to sit down and write and consider the legacy of this extraordinary leader.......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)

Galt and God: Ayn Randians and Christian Rightists Expand Ties
Ayn Rand's followers find themselves sharing a lot of common ground with the Christian Right these days. The Tea Party, with its stress on righteous liberty and a robust form of capitalism, has been......
JSanford (0 comments)
Witchhunts in Africa and the U.S.A.
Nigerian human rights activist Leo Igwe has recently written at least two blog posts about how some African Pentecostal churches are sending missionaries to Europe and the U.S.A. in an attempt to "re-evangelize the......
Diane Vera (0 comments)
Charles Taze Russell and John Hagee
No doubt exists that Texas mega-church Pastor John Hagee would be loathe to be associated with the theology of Pastor C.T. Russell (wrongly credited with founding the Jehovah's Witnesses) but their theological orbits, while......
COinMS (0 comments)
A death among the common people ... imagination.
Or maybe my title would better fit as “Laws, Books, where to find, and the people who trust them.”What a society we've become!The wise ones tell us over and over how the more things......
Arthur Ruger (0 comments)
Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part VI
This is part 6 of a series by guest front pager Mahanoy, originally dated November 15, 2007 which I had to delete and repost for technical reasons. It is referred to in this post,......
Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Republican infighting in Mississippi
After a bruising GOP runoff election for U.S. Senator, current MS Senator Thad Cochran has retained his position and will face Travis Childers (Democrat) in the next senate election. The MS GOP is fractured......
COinMS (2 comments)
America's Most Convenient Bank® refuses to serve Christians
Representatives of a well known faith-based charitable organization were refused a New Jersey bank’s notarization service by an atheist employee. After inquiring about the nature of the non-profit organization and the documents requiring......
Jody Lane (5 comments)
John Benefiel takes credit for GOP takeover of Oklahoma
Many of you know that Oklahoma has turned an unrecognizable shade of red in recent years.  Yesterday, one of the leading members of the New Apostolic Reformation all but declared that he was responsible......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
John Benefiel thinks America is under curse because Egyptians dedicated North America to Baal
You may remember that Rick Perry put together his "Response" prayer rallies with the help of a slew of NAR figures.  One of them was John Benefiel, an Oklahoma City-based "apostle."  He heads up......
Christian Dem in NC (5 comments)
Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Yes, that's right. We have totally lost our religious freedom in Mississippi and it must be restored by our legislators. ......
COinMS (1 comment)
Bill Gothard accused of harassing women and failing to report child abuse
Surprised no one's mentioned this, but one of the longest-standing leaders of the religious right is in a world of trouble.  Bill Gothard has been active in the fundie movement for over half......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
Eugene Delgaudio may lose his day job as Virginia county supervisor
Surprised no one's noticed this, but one of the nation's most virulent homophobes is in a fight to keep his day job.  Eugene Delgaudio is best known as the head of Public Advocate......
Christian Dem in NC (1 comment)
Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents
This caught me by surprise. I guess times are a changin in Dixieland. ------------------------------------- Cross posted from the HRC blog. Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents January 21,......
COinMS (0 comments)
Robert Knight: Running against evolution could potentially be a winner for the GOP
In one of the starkest instances yet of how far gone the religious right is, one of its leading activists thinks that he's found another potential wedge issue that could drive more people into......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
First Catholic official convicted in child sex abuse scandal has conviction overturned
Last year, Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's secretary for clergy, was convicted of reassigning a priest whom he knew had molested a young boy to a parish that had a school attached......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)

More Diaries...




All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.