GOP Bill Would Affirm ‘In God We Trust’ As National Motto – Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

by Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

House Republicans on Tuesday will try to pass a resolution reaffirming that “In God We Trust” is the national motto of the United States.

The concurrent resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), would not have the force of law, but instead is aimed at “supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.”

The bill briefly outlines the history of government references to God, and adds in that “if religion and morality are taken out of the market-place of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured.”

Republicans argue that the resolution would help turn the tide against what they see as an informal effort to remove references to God from public buildings.

“Federal agencies and departments have been instructed that the phrase not be posted in those buildings,” Forbes wrote in March. “The effect on our public schools has been chilling, as teachers and administrators do not know whether they can post our national motto on their walls.”


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