Woman launches drive to display national motto

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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A Decatur woman is looking to launch a movement here to display the national motto, “In God We Trust” in public places throughout the area.

Diane Hughes picked up on the idea from the Congressional Prayer Caucus, an organization founded in 2005 by Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes to recognize prayer’s role in uniting the country and to collect, exchange, and disseminate information about prayer as a fundamental and enduring feature of American life.

Last November, the House approved Resolution 13 by a 396-9 vote reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States, and encouraging its display in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.

A flier sent out by the CPC Foundation encourages Americans to “Say it! Pray it! Display it!” and suggests doing so in classrooms, city council chambers, workplaces, billboards, license plates, homes, churches – even on the sides of tractor-trailers. The group’s website, even has an online store where people can buy T-shirts, mugs, hats and other items emblazoned with the motto.

“I just want to motivate people in the community to take a stand for our rights,” Hughes said. “The thing that I like about it so much is that the Congressional Prayer Caucus brought together Democrats and Republicans to pray.”

Caucus members also seek to use the legislative process – both by sponsoring positive legislation and opposing detrimental legislation – in support of prayer as an essential source of our nation’s strength and well-being. The bipartisan group now has 105 members.

“We have lots of churches in Wise County, and we all get along together pretty well,” Hughes said. “I’d love to see churches pick up on this and start seeing this motto displayed.

“I’d just like to motivate people to take a stand for what they believe.”

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