Americans United Criticizes Divisive Congressional Resolution Promoting Display of ‘In God We Trust’
On March 19, 2011 At 9:41 am
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Congressional action on a resolution promoting display of “In God We Trust” in public schools and other public buildings is divisive and a diversion from pressing national concerns, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The House Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to vote March 17 on H. Con. Res. 13, a measure “reaffirming” In God We Trust as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public buildings, including public schools.
Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “This is divisive and a diversion from important national issues. No wonder public opinion of Congress is so low. We face a dire economic situation, the threat of a government shut-down and world instability, and House members are wasting time on symbolic religious issues.
Lynn said the real reason for the resolution, introduced by Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), is to curry favor with Religious Right leaders who are increasingly anxious for their Republican allies in the House to act on social issues.
“This resolution is an easy way for House Speaker Boehner and his friends to try to mollify religious conservatives,” said Lynn. “It’s shameful and disrespectful to use religion as a political tool.
The Rev. Barry Lynn goes on to suggest that the government should promote posting the Bill of Rights in public schools instead and he gives a history of "In God We Trust" which was started in 1956 and was not promoted much before then, except for a brief period during the Civil War. He left out the last little trivia. However, he suggests that a better motto would be “E Pluribus Unum is Latin for ‘Out of many, one,’” which was adopted in 1782.