U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (Va.) introduced a concurrent resolution in the U.S. House on Jan. 26 "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" (H. CON. RES. 13). Read the full text of the concurrent resolution, which has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, here.
Rep. Forbes has in the past made attempts to discredit our nation's first motto, 'E Pluribus Unum' ("from many [come] one"), claiming our nation's only motto is "In God We Trust." In fact, both are national mottos, and 'E Pluribus Unum,' which was originally chosen by a committee of Franklin, Adams and Jefferson, appears on the Great Seal of the United States and still appears on currency. The religious motto was unfortunately adopted following a religious lobbying campaign during the Red Scare in 1956. (See more background on In God We (Don't) Trust.)
The "In God We Trust" resolution reads in part:
"Whereas in times of national challenge or tragedy, the people of the United States have turned to God as their source for sustenance, protection, wisdom, strength, and direction;
Whereas if religion and morality are taken out of the marketplace of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured;
Whereas President John F. Kennedy said, ‘The guiding principle and prayer of this Nation has been, is now, and ever shall be ‘In God We Trust...' "
Please write to your House representative (and, if you have time, members of the Committee on the Judiciary), asking them not to support this resolution.
Feel free to copy and paste this message (or, better yet, use your own words):
"Please vote against Rep. Forbes' H. Con. Res. 13, which would encourage 'In God We Trust' postings in all public buildings, including places of government and public schools. Not only is this a frivolous waste of taxpayer time and resources, it is also an underhanded effort to insert Rep. Forbes' god into government. Stand up to religious fanatic bullies in Congress by supporting state/church separation. As John F. Kennedy said, 'I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.' "
You may also wish to educate Rep. Forbes and make sure he hears from many "godless" Americans who support our secular and godless Constitution.
You may also wish to make this the subject of a short, timely letter to the editor to your preferred local paper. Keep remarks short and succinct, concentrating on one or two points, and include your name and contact information.
Your House Representative:
Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary:
Rep. J Randy Forbes
2438 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Web Form: https://forbes.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm?Zip=23320&Zip4=
Action Alert by Bonnie Gutsch