The official motto of the United States has been “In God We Trust” since 1956. Today the House passed, 396 to 9, the resolution proposed by Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican to reaffirm the slogan and “encourage the public display of it in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.”
“As our nation faces challenging times, it is appropriate for members of Congress and our nation – like our predecessors – to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come.” — Rep. Forbes
Forbes also claimed the measure was necessary for clarification following a speech in which President Obama stated, “Our motto is, ‘E pluribus unum.'”
“Instead of facing these challenges and creating jobs to help American people make sure they have a roof over their head and food on their table, we are debating whether or not to affirm and proliferate a motto that was adopted in 1956 and is under no threat of attack.” — Rep. Bobby Scott, D. Va.
Others claim the measure is in violation of the First Amendment, which contains this clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Sources and Further Reading:
Discover Magazine’s Bad Astronomy
The Bellingham Herald