Action Alert!

Object to U.S. House Action on 'In God We Trust' Engraving

July 10, 2009

Please object to the U.S. House of Representatives on its July 9 vote (410-8) to engrave In God We Trust" and the (religious) Pledge of Allegiance on the main tourist entrances to the Capitol building. Religious leadership fervently criticized Congress for spending $621 million on a new Capitol Visitor Center without referencing "the nation’s religious heritage." Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) sponsored the measure. The engravings will cost almost $100,000. The Senate approved an identical resolution as part of a spending bill earlier this week.

Not only is it inappropriate for our secular government to have adopted a religious motto, it isn't even accurate! To be accurate, it would have to say, "In God Some of us Trust," and wouldn't that be silly? "In God We Trust" was a latter-day motto adopted in 1956, at the height of the "Red Scare." Fully 15% of the U.S. adult population now identify themselves as nonreligious (American Religious Identification Survey 2009). More than a quarter of young Americans (18-29 years) identify as nonreligious (Pew study 2008). For more background on the history of "In God We Trust," click here.

Likewise, the Pledge of Allegiance was devoid of religion for three generations. "Under God" was only inserted in 1954, at the behest of various religious campaigns. The addition of "God" to the pledge excludes many Americans, and is under litigation. For more information, click here.

Educate the U.S. House of Representatives on the changing demographics of Americans, and why religion needs to stay out of government! FFRF urges you to write a short, polite, firm and signed message to your House Representative and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. If you have time, you can make this the subject of a letter to the editor of your local paper. Please write as an individual, not as someone responding to this action alert. (Do not forward our action alert to the target!) We are pleased to receive "blind" duplicates of your letters or responses by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Please note: If your Representative voted against this resolution, please thank them for their steadfast support of the Constitution. We applaud the following eight representatives that voted 'no': John Conyers (D-MI), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Michael Honda (D-CA), James McDermott (D-WA), Ronald Paul (R-TX), Robert Scott (D-VA) and Fortney 'Pete' Stark (D-CA).

Contact your Representative in the House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100
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Read H. Con. Res. 131

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