Every American President, including Washington and Lincoln, repeated this motto in speeches, letters, and prayers, especially when declaring our annual National Day of Prayer. Francis Scott Key, in composing The Star Spangled Banner in 1814, included this line in his song: "And this be our Motto, in God is our Trust." In 1931, Congress officially adopted the Star Spangled Banner as our National Anthem, including those words. In 1864, Congress placed "In God We Trust" on certain coins, and now this motto is on every bill and coin in your pocket or purse. God's name is engraved on dozens of national monuments and on thousands of state monuments all over our country. No court has ever ruled our motto illegal or an unconstitutional violation of church and state.
As our nation accepts more immigrants from different cultures, there seems to be a move to banish our references to God that have always been part of our American identity. However, as the old adage goes, "When in Rome, you should do as the Romans do," so I think the newly arrived immigrants should adapt themselves to the American way. After all, we assume they came to live with us bcause they think America is a better country than the one they left behind. This is the time to show the newcomers what America stands for, and how better to do this than by the frequent display of our natioal motto, "In God We Trust." Is our national motto displayed on the walls of your own city hall and county courthouse? It would be a good project for you to check this out.
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