"In God We Trust" Wins Big Victory in House of Representatives; Republican Amash Votes NO!

On Tuesday night, the United States House of Representatives almost unanimously voted to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States of America.  By a margin of 396-9  --  with two unbelievable abstensions  --  "In God We Trust" was reaffirmed as America's national motto. 
 
As if there is any danger of the apparently scary prospect of "In God We Trust" being inscribed on all the nation's federal buildings, here is what the only Republican who voted no to the resolution  --  Congressman Justin Amash from Michigan's 3rd congressional district  --  said:  "There is no need to push for the phrase to be on all federal, state, and local buildings."  In the highly unlikely event that this would occur, what is wrong with that anyway, Congressman Amash?  
 
Joining Republican Justin Amash in voting no to the "In God We Trust" Resolution  --  sponsored by the Chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus, Congressman J. Randy Forbes, R-VA  --   were 8 left-wing Democrats including Gary Ackerman (5th Dist, N.Y.); Judy Chu (32nd Dist, CA); Emanuel Cleaver (5th Dist. MO); Michael Honda (15th Dist. CA); Hank Johnson (4th Dist. GA); Jerrold Nadler (8th Dist. NY); Bobby Scott (3rd Dist. VA); and last, but not least, the old reliable socialist who votes against any pro-God resolution:  the infamous atheist Fortney Stark from California's 13th District on San Francisco Bay. 
 
The nation's first Muslim in Congress, Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis, Minnesota voted to abstain from voting as did his fellow left-winger, Melvin Watt, from the 12th district of North Carolina.
 
Congressman Forbes' resolution basically stated that Congress was reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.
 
This is how the left-wing "The New York Times" described Tuesday night's vote:  "The resolution, smaller than a law but bigger than a wish, is designed to clear up any confusion over the motto’s official status and to encourage schools and other public institutions to display it, said Representative J. Randy Forbes, Republican of Virginia and the measure’s sponsor.
 
'What’s happened over the last several years is that we have had a number of confusing situations in which some who don’t like the motto have tried to convince people not to put it up,' Mr. Forbes said in an interview.
 
'Some public officials have stated incorrectly that there are different national mottoes,' he added. 'We heard the president make that mistake.' (Last year, President Obama cited “E pluribus unum” as the nation’s motto in a speech in Indonesia.)
 
'This is something I have paid a lot of attention to over the years,' Mr. Forbes said, pointing to discussions of the motto, which officially became that of the nation in 1956, throughout the last century in Congress. 'If you look at the debates, they clarified that the motto had spiritual and psychological value.'
 
Mr. Forbes, along with the Congressional Prayer Caucus, beat back efforts to prevent “In God We Trust” from being engraved in the Capitol Visitor Center."
 
Congressman J. Randy Forbes' statement right after passage of his "In God We Trust" Resolution in the United States House of Representatives last night is directly below:

 
Forbes' Resolution Reaffirming National Motto 'In God We Trust' Passes House of Representatives

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, has released the following statement upon the House of Representatives' passage by a vote of a 396 - 9 of his resolution reaffirming 'In God We Trust' as the official national motto of the United States:

"In 1956, at the time of the United States Congress' adoption of 'In God We Trust' as our nation's official motto, Senator Holland (D-FL) argued that 'it will be of great spiritual and psychological value to our country to have a clearly designated national motto of inspirational quality.'  In the decades since the 84th Congress promulgated 'In God We Trust' as our official motto, a growing, disturbing pattern of inaccuracy and omissions regarding the motto has arisen in the public square, from speeches made by the President of the United States in foreign nations, to the sanitization of 'In God We Trust' from the half-billion dollar Capitol Visitor Center by American historians.  Today, as in other times of division and difficulty in our nation's history, the House of Representatives again reaffirmed 'In God We Trust' as our official motto and in so doing, provided clarity amidst a cloud of confusion about our nation's spiritual heritage and offered inspiration to an American people that face challenges of historic proportion."

Why Reaffirm 'In God We Trust'?

President Obama inaccurately proclaimed 'E Pluribus Unum' as our national motto.  Last November before a worldwide audience, in a much-anticipated and much-publicized speech focusing on the United States' relationship with the Muslim world, President Obama falsely proclaimed that our national motto was E pluribus unum. The President failed to respond to congressional entreaties to issue a correction; the uncorrected transcript remains on the White House website.  Read more.

Misunderstanding of the phrase "Separation of Church and State". The Supreme Court has held, “The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and State. . . We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion.”  The words ‘separation of church and state’ do not appear in the U.S. Constitution.  Rather, the phrase originates from a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson on January 1, 1802, to the Danbury Baptist Association.  Read more here.

Inaccuracies and omissions in the half-billion-dollar Capitol Visitor Center.  In 2008, the over half-billion dollar Capitol Visitor Center opened for the purpose of educating over 15,000 Capitol visitors daily on the “legislative process as well as the history and development of the architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol.”  Yet, Capitol Visitor Center historians had sanitized the public building of any references to our national motto, including replacing the inscription of ‘In God We Trust,’ inscribed above the Speaker’s Rostrum with stars in a replica of the House Chamber and cropping an actual picture of the chamber so you could not see the words ‘In God We Trust.’  Only until Members of Congress intervened publically and legislatively were these omissions and inaccuracies corrected.   Read more here.

Efforts to remove God from the public domain by unelected bureaucrats:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs attempted to ban flag folding recitations at military funerals that referenced God or religion, even if specifically requested by the family of the deceased. 
  • U.S. Mint attempted to remove the inscription 'In God We Trust' from the front of the new Presidential dollar and instead intended to print it on the edge of the coin.  
  • Attempt of Navy and Air Force to enact policies affecting ability of military chaplains to pray according to their religious conscience. 
  • Architect of the Capitol refused a teen's request for a certificate noting his grandfather's "love of God, country and family" to accompany a souvenir flag that had flown over the building.  Read more here.

Read more about the patterns of inaccuracies and omissions surrounding our national motto, 'In God We Trust,' as well as its long national history here.