LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Assert right to display national motto

By Diane Hughes | Published Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thank you so much for the article you wrote on displaying our national motto, “In God We Trust.” We have been so blessed in our nation to have the religious liberties that we do. Because of religious persecution in Europe, our founding fathers in the First Amendment granted the American people freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Over the last 50 years or so, we have had individuals and organizations who have tried to remove God and religious expression from public view. One recent example of this is the cheerleaders in East Texas who wanted to display banners with Bible verses written on them at local football games, and were told they could not do that. They stood their ground and protected their first amendment rights.

Every individual, from the youngest to the oldest, can take a stand just like those cheerleaders, by displaying our national motto, “In God We Trust.” We are free to display that in any governmental office, school, church, veteran group, military, office, home – anywhere.

As we do so, we are also honoring God and thanking Him for the goodness and mercy he has shown the American people over the years, time and time again.

I encourage everyone to join in displaying our national motto, “In God We Trust.” Let’s protect our national heritage for our children and grandchildren.

Diane Hughes
Decatur

9 Responses to “Assert right to display national motto”

  1. robert cox says:

    Let’s start an avalanche to put God back into our nation! Good letter, Diane!

  2. Walt Partin says:

    Just for the record. Our founding fathers did not originate the phrase “In God We Trust”. Our unofficial motto that was on our currency was “E Pluribus Unum”. The last stanza of the Star Spangled Banner includes the phrase ”In God is our Trust” that was written in 1812 by Francis Scott Key and seems to be the inspiration for the motto. Salmon B. Chase, Lincoln’s Secretary of War, inspired by the Rev. W. R. Watkinson, decided to include some mention of Almighty God on our coins (probably to show that God was on the Union side of the Civil War). Legislation was passed in 1864 to allow the motto on coins.
    In 1956 during the Eisenhower administration, “E Pluribus Unum” was replaced on our paper currency with “In God We Trust”. In 2006, the 5oth anniversary of the passage of the bill to put it on our paper currency the Senate reaffirmed it as the official motto and the Congress did the same thing in 2011.
    Walt Partin
    Chico

  3. Diane Hughes says:

    When I mentioned our Founding Fathers it was in reference to the First Amendment not our national motto, “In God We Trust. My encouragement to American citizens to display our national motto is based on H.Con. Res. 13
    Concurrent Resolution passed by the House of Representative, November 1, 2011. I am aware of the history of our national motto, “In God We Trust”, and I am aware of the year, date and reason for “E Pluribus Unum” being place on our great seal. Thank you for your comments. I am thankful to live in a country where we still acknowledge, “In God We Trust”.

  4. Walt Partin says:

    Good for you, I was worried there or a moment.
    Walt Partin

  5. Diane Hughes says:

    Walt, I do not mind being questioned. It is actually helpful, when it’s done in a polite way. Thanks for your help. Today I printed a copy of Publication No. 10411, published by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, September 1996, titled “The Great Seal of the United States” It looks like good reading to me, and it will be helpful if anyone asked questions regarding the Great Seal and our National Motto, “In God We Trust”. Thanks again for your comments.

  6. robert cox says:

    The founding fathers DID acknowledge God. “In the year of our Lord”. Who do you suppose they were talking about? Read their writings about God. They WERE NOT DEISTS! They were Christians! Wake up and stop believing the lies you are being fed!

  7. Diane Hughes says:

    Robert I do believe many of our Founding Fathers were Christians. The discussion was when In God We Trust was made our national motto.

  8. Walt Partin says:

    Mr, Cox, not sure who you are disagreeing with but it is not anyone on this comment string. As Ms. Hughes points out,the discussion is about when “In God We Trust” became the national motto. Maybe you took a wrong turn on another letter.
    Walt Partin

  9. robert cox says:

    Yes, I was merely stating that although the motto wasn’t added until 1958, the concept of trusting God with out nation and to be a part of our nation has been around since even before this county’s founding. I wasn’t disagreeing with anyone.

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