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McCarthy Era Redux: House To Vote On ‘In God We Trust’ Resolution - RawStory
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House to vote on ‘In God We Trust’ resolution
By Eric W. Dolan - RawStory
Sunday, March 20th, 2011 -- 12:45 pm


The US House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on a resolution to affirm the phrase "In God We Trust" as the nation’s official motto after it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sponsored the legislation. It would encourage the public display of the motto in all public buildings, public schools and government institutions. He said he introduced the bill in January because he was troubled by a pattern of omitting God from the nation's heritage.

"There is a small minority who believes America does not have the right to trust in God, who believes the United States should not affirm trust in God, and who actively seek to remove any recognition of that trust," Forbes said.

The phrase "In God We Trust" was made the official U.S. motto in 1956, one year after the phrase "under God" was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Critics of the resolution said it violated the establishment clause of the Constitution, which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion."

"The phrase ‘In God We Trust’ does not apply to the more than 16 percent of Americans who identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, nonreligious, or unaffiliated, and it does not apply to religious Americans who do not have Judeo-Christian beliefs," said Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Branding our secular country with a religious motto only creates division among its citizens and erodes the wall of separation between church and state."


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  -McCarthy Era Redux: House To Vote On ‘In God We Trust’ Resolution - RawStory WillyT  Mar-20-11 12:38 PM   #0 
  - I trust God more than politicians, since he/she/it doesn't exist and  rzemanfl   Mar-20-11 12:40 PM   #1 
  - We don't live in interesting times.  xchrom   Mar-20-11 12:41 PM   #2 
  - Yes! Amazing what trivial matters the repub House members can  snappyturtle   Mar-20-11 01:55 PM   #17 
  - It is, or course, a trap  OmahaBlueDog   Mar-20-11 12:42 PM   #3 
  - I agree. Even Keith Ellison can vote yes because they do not say  jwirr   Mar-20-11 02:18 PM   #19 
  - they are sick fucks trying to manipulate the populace. But,  MH1   Mar-20-11 12:42 PM   #4 
  - We are the United States of Woo  kenny blankenship   Mar-20-11 12:46 PM   #5 
  - Oh, for Christ's Sake  L. Coyote   Mar-20-11 12:47 PM   #6 
  - LOL !!!  WillyT   Mar-20-11 12:48 PM   #8 
  - Perfect response  malaise   Mar-20-11 01:07 PM   #13 
  - I like how this country is putting it's faith in a being that doesn't exist.  Lucian   Mar-20-11 12:48 PM   #7 
  - What part of "separation of church and state" don't they understand?  Initech   Mar-20-11 12:52 PM   #9 
  - The part that involves  Jackpine Radical   Mar-20-11 12:58 PM   #10 
     - I'm really beginning to wonder if these people really do live on another plane of existence.  Initech   Mar-20-11 01:10 PM   #14 
        - Plane of existence? I wouldn't give them that much credit.  Jackpine Radical   Mar-20-11 02:12 PM   #18 
  - Mythical creatures: unicorns, leprechauns, god, a non-corrupt Congress...  Arugula Latte   Mar-20-11 01:01 PM   #11 
  - forbes seems to not know the Constitution  Angry Dragon   Mar-20-11 01:06 PM   #12 
  - One step away from "God With Us" on our military belt-buckles.  LAGC   Mar-20-11 01:13 PM   #15 
  - Ironic, No ???  WillyT   Mar-20-11 01:19 PM   #16 
     - Bill Hicks was right - fundamentalism breeds no irony.  Initech   Mar-20-11 04:04 PM   #20 
  - Kick !!!  WillyT   Mar-20-11 06:51 PM   #21 
  - As far as I'm concerned, the motto of the United States of America is "E Pluribus Unum".  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Mar-20-11 07:08 PM   #22 

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