A funny thing happened to Erin at jury duty. She was sitting in a room all day waiting to find out if she was one of the chosen ones. At one point, the attorneys and police offers came into the room and called one lady forward.
“Ann Smith, you’re dismissed,” said one attorney. Ann Smith, approx. 25 years old, grabbed her bag and coat and headed for the door, turning on her heels just before walking out.
“I just have one question,” she hissed. “Does it say ‘IN GOD WE TRUST” in every New York courtroom?” She pointed to the chiseled lettering on the wall above the desk.
“Um, yes,” said a police officer.
“Well that’s so messed up!” Then she whirled back around and stormed out dramatically.
“Ma’am, you need to sign your form! Ma’am, come back!”
Let’s chat about Ann Smith for a moment. IN GOD WE TRUST is the U.S. motto, like it or not. It makes me shake my head to think of Ann, who incidentally came this close to participating in our legal system, sitting there indignantly fuming over GOD's appearance (How dare He!) in our legal system instead of fuming over, I dunno, stuff that actually sucks, like jury duty, traffic, the weather or other dumb people. Priorities, priorities.
It's not so much the fact that she was angered that enrages me, because the church-and-state can of worms has no place in this blog. It's more the fact that Ann has just now figured out the quite obvious fact that IN GOD WE TRUST even exists. Somehow she missed that it's also on all the money we spend? It's on various state flags, license plates...
And “Under God” is in the Pledge of Allegiance… what the heck was Ann Smith doing in middle school when she should have been saying the Pledge or reading about U.S. history? This could not possibly have been the first time she realized that currency, laws and even the Declaration of Independence reference God and our Creator quite a bit - or perhaps it was?
Maybe the fact that Ann is oblivious to quite obvious facets (God and who knows what else!) of our country's development is the reason she was dismissed from jury duty. Perhaps the system worked this time.
Vaya con Dios, Ann Smith. (Dang, she would be really offended at that, too, but I bet she doesn't speak Spanish. Ole!)