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Monday, August 27, 2012

America's Motto: In God We Trust

A City Councilmember in Bakersfield, California, Jacquie Sullivan, led the Bakersfield City Council to display our National Motto, "In God We Trust," in the Council Chamber at City Hall on February 22, 2002. She subsequently created an organization called "In God We Trust – America, Inc." and has encouraged numerous other cities to do likewise. What a wonderful idea! There are now some many counties and cities displaying our national motto. A lawyer in Springfield, Missouri, Mr. Dee Wampler, has also encouraged many cities, counties and states to post a banner that reads simply "In God We Trust." These fine pat mission of this unique organization is to persuade cities, counties and states to post our American motto in their public chambers, such as city halls and county courthouses.

Nearly every American President beginning with George Washington has used this phrase in speeches, letters or prayers. In 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, and he included this line: "And this be our motto, in God is our Trust." The Star Spangled Banner has long been our National Anthem, and this was finally ratified by a congressional law in 1931. In 1864, Congress placed "In God We Trust" on our coins, and in 1957 it was placed on all our paper money. Open your wallet and look at your own money. "In God We Trust" was officially proclaimed to be our national motto by Congress in 1956. Despite all the attempts of the ACLU and atheist organizations to remove all mention of God from our public life, no court has ever ruled our national motto to be illegal or an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

It is important in these uncertain times for Americans to continue to trust in God, and to say so in public, echoing the faith of our Founders. Find out if your city hall and county court house display our national motto, "In God We Trust," and ask your public officials to post it in an honored place where people will see it every day. This would be a great project for any local organization. Listen to the radio commentary here:

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