The White House proclaimed on Sunday:
On the 50th anniversary of our national motto, “In God We Trust,” we reflect on these words that guide millions of Americans, recognize the blessings of the Creator, and offer our thanks for His great gift of liberty.
From its earliest days, the United States has been a Nation of faith. During the War of 1812, as the morning light revealed that the battle torn American flag still flew above Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust!'” His poem became our National Anthem, reminding generations of Americans to “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.” On July 30, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the law officially establishing “In God We Trust” as our national motto.
Today, our country stands strong as a beacon of religious freedom. Our citizens, whatever their faith or background, worship freely and millions answer the universal call to love their neighbor and serve a cause greater than self.
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of our national motto and remember with thanksgiving God’s mercies throughout our history, we recognize a divine plan that stands above all human plans and continue to seek His will.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2006, as the 50th Anniversary of our National Motto, “In God We Trust.” I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Couple points to make:
The motto wasn’t always our motto. The original was E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one). I know some people think this whole issue is not a big deal and atheists are making a big deal over nothing… but why is it a good idea to remove the motto about unity and replace it with a nod to a Christian God that separates some people from the others?
Like the proclamation says, “In God We Trust” became our motto in 1956. In 1957, it appeared on our paper money. This is after the Pledge of Allegiance threw in “Under God” in 1954. Did it have much to do with Francis Scott Key or us in battle? No. It was a political move against the “godless Communists.”
I don’t care so much for the 50-year-anniversary proclamation that Bush made. It’s the issue of the motto itself. If that’s our motto, then it excludes atheists. A motto’s supposed to be motivational and inspirational. This one tells me I’m not an American.
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