DVAU Chapter President’s scathing critique of Pennsylvania’s “In God We Trust” bill is on Newsworks! Just click through the link below the quote and read and share it all!
I have serious problems with this bill. First the bill clearly promotes a religious, rather than a historical message. Congress did not authorize the use of “In God We Trust” as the national motto until 1956 in response to the Red Scare. Although some claim the words “In God We Trust” are deeply rooted in our country’s religious heritage, a look at the motto’s history reveals that the Founding Fathers never intended these words — or any other religious reference — to become the country’s motto. In fact, when originally commissioned to create a Great Seal for the country, our founders, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams, devised the motto as “E Pluribus Unum” meaning “from many, one.” In more recent years, the words “In God We Trust” have served as a rallying cry for those who wish to promote a particular Christian faith.
Even the bill’s language unabashedly notes the current motto’s Christian origin.