Wednesday, November 2, 2016

‘In God We Trust’ motto embraced across U.S. despite secularist objections

The City Council of Chesapeake, Virginia, last week unanimously approved displaying “In God We Trust” on a plaque at City Hall in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the national motto.
Those four words often pique atheists and advocates for keeping church and state separate. And groups like the Washington state-based Original Motto Project are lobbying lawmakers to revive the country’s first motto — E Pluribus Unum (“From many, one” in Latin).
But the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation has found a host of individuals and local governments across the country willing to display “In God We Trust” as part of its campaign to spotlight the phrase.
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Rep. J. Randy Forbes, the Virginia Republican who launched the foundation in 2005. “In the last two years, more than 1.6 million Americans have displayed ‘In God We Trust,’ and more are joining every day.”
Mr. Forbes and his wife, Shirley, a foundation board member, attended last Tuesday’s Chesapeake City Council session, where lawmakers voted 7-0 to create a public presentation of the motto and make City Hall the 638th government building to do so. READ MORE