"In God we trust" - Not just a motto. For Congressmen, it's a bright, shiny object; a distraction to deflect our attention from the fact that they are mired in negligence, cowardice, and stunning incompetence. If there's one thing on which Democratic and Republican Congressmen can agree, it is the fact that they don't have the guts to do their job. So we get a flash and trash magic show. Hallelujah, brothers and sisters!
For legal scholars, and all those noisy types who claim to honor the foundation of this country, it's an attack on the U.S. Constitution. The very first amendment to that Constitution clearly states, "Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion...."
For many it's news. Atheists and adherents of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism have no god. "In God we trust." Who knew? Agnostics aren't sure there's a god, and members of the Church of Scientology can pick and choose.
For those who have chosen a religion it raises the question, "Which God?" Jews most certainly do not worship the same God as another famous Jew, Jesus the Christ. The God of the Hebrews was jealous and vindictive. The God of Jesus, and his followers, was pretty nice. The God of Islam, well, He's great. For those in the know, this is the same God, but the worshipers can't seem to come to agreement on who or what He is. For that matter, countless Christian sects can't seem to agree on who or what this God being is.
For polytheists, it's confusing. They have lots of gods. Pagans and Wiccans don't have that organization thing going on too much, so they're all over the place on the God thing.
For folks with a philosophical bent, it is a distillation of irony. It's stamped on our money, which many might argue is America's true god.
For me, it perfectly explains the sad state of our nation. Our bedrock, the foundation of our laws is crystal clear, "Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion......" If Congress, if this nation's citizens cannot understand the meaning of "NO", can we expect agreement on anything? Yes, we can agree. The majority of Americans agree that NO does not mean NO.