“In God We Trust”

U.S. Motto to be placed on county buildings

five dollar billRUTHERFORDTON- There are four very familiar words we see every day, but might not realize it. It’s on the money we all spend and soon you could see it a lot more prominent places.

Rutherford County Commissioners approved letting the U.S. Motto Action Committee add “In God We Trust” to our government buildings.

The N.C. movement started in Davidson County when in 2002, the county voted to add the phrase to its government building.

The ACLU tried to stop it, but a district court and court of appeals upheld the move. Then, the US Supreme Court rejected the appeal, giving Davidson County the green light.

Fred McClure
Fred McClure

“There are some that say it’s a religious thing,” said Fred McClure, secretary of U.S. Motto Action Committee. “We didn’t approach it from that. We approached it because it’s our national motto.”

The N.C. Committee, based in Davidson County, formed after the county’s legal battle. Since then, the Committee has made it its mission to spread the idea.

On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law that made “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States of America. It also mandated that the phrase be printed on all U.S. currency, including paper.

In November 2011, the House passed H. Con. Res 13, a bipartisan bill that reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as our nation’s official motto.

Rep. J. Randy Forbes
Rep. J. Randy Forbes

Rep. J. Randy Forbes was founder and co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. He has worked tirelessly to change our nation’s first motto, “E Pluribus Unum” (“Out of Many, One”), to “In God We Trust.” His web site is http://ingodwetrust.com.

In fact, both are national motto’s. “E Pluribus Unum,” originally chosen by a distinguished committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, appears on the Great Seal of the United States and is still on currency.

Forbes says the “sentiment, ‘In God We Trust,’ has been an integral part of United States society since its founding.” In fact, the motto was adopted recently in our history. The founders of our nation wrote and adopted an entirely godless Constitution. They did not pray during the Constitutional Convention, and every reference to religion in the Constitution is exclusionary.”

Other examples pile up recent state/church entanglements as further justification to unite “God” with country. For example, one resolution states that “the oath taken by all Federal employees, except the President, states ‘I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.’ “

Such religious oath-taking is considered wrong in government by many. It is noteworthy that this resolution has to admit that the oath or affirmation for the president, which is provided for in the U.S. Constitution, is godless. This seems to be further evidence of the secular intent of U.S. founders by many.

In God we trust logoThe U.S. Motto Action Committee is private nonprofit organization who is not asking taxpayers to fund this project. They state “Our mission is to defend, promote, and assist in the awareness and furtherance of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” on public buildings, structures, monuments, the printed page, and to encourage our godly heritage in various other aspects.”

Many have argued that our founding fathers enunciated separation of church and state as well as respecting all religions, not just monotheistic Judaochristian derivatives. They feel this alienates those citizens.

In God we trust buildingsIn God we Trust-NC Facebook page posted in June said. “We have been able to install IN GOD WE TRUST in 30 counties and 15 cities so far. We have several more that we have committed to but do not yet have the funds to install the Motto. We have paid for all the Motto installations through donations by businesses, churches and private donations.”

If you have any comments concerning this please address them to your county commissioners but it needs to be emphasized that no taxpayer money is being spent on this endeavor.

However, the motto is being placed on government buildings that taxpayers pay for and fund to operate.