Its another important effort to defend the National Motto of In God We Trust. Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) has introduced H.Con.Res. 13, which reaffirms our National Motto and encourages its display in public buildings.
You might think that a resolution like this would be non-controversial, but far from it.
In fact, the Secular Coalition for America has written a letter encouraging all Members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose the measure. This comes after the Freedom From Religion Foundation launched a legal challenge to prevent the Motto from being inscribed in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.
Fortunately, that legal challenge was rejected and we're delighted we were able to file an amicus brief representing 50 members of Congress - including Congressman Forbes - in defending "In God We Trust" in that litigation. Our brief was clear: "Plaintiffs' crusade, targeting of religious expression in the federal government, serves no purpose other than to waste judicial resources at a time in our Nation's history when those resources are needed in cases involving real threats to American liberties."
Just as we prevailed in the Capitol Visitors Center case, the House Judiciary Committee has stood firm in the face of opposition. The Committee approved H.Con.Res. 13 by voice vote on Thursday afternoon, forwarding it to the full House of Representatives.
We will continue to support this important effort, and encourage Members of all political affiliation to join with Congressman Forbes in this effort.
This is not a partisan issue, but rather an American issue of acknowledging the hand of the Almighty on our founding. As President John F. Kennedy put it: The guiding principle and prayer of this nation has been, is now, and ever shall be In God We Trust.
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