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May 11, 2018

A recent case out of Fresno regarding our national motto, “In God We Trust,” is proving that American heritage is trying to be resisted by vehement disputants. Learn what this issue entails at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


According to The Fresno Bee, the Fresno City Council is considering adding the national motto, “In God We Trust,” to the wall of the council chambers.  But, at least one local resident opposes the proposal. 

In the mind of one atheist protestor, the delicate balance between church and state is upset entirely by the public display of these four words.  And, despite the fact that the atheist writes, “Atheists like me feel the idea of “God” has little meaning,” he encourages the local community to oppose a word which he believes has “little meaning.”  One wonders how a word with “little meaning” can violate the so-called separation of church and state, but that’s another issue.

Of course, if folks wanted to purchase the article in The Fresno Bee, they would do so with coins bearing the national motto since 1864.  The city council would be in good company with the United States House of Representatives which has the motto emblazoned behind the speaker’s dais. And, on the way to city hall, residents may have to drive by police or sheriff’s cruisers sporting the national motto. 

Throughout America’s history, the national motto has been honored and celebrated as an expression of what it means to be an American. Any effort to prevent its display should be rejected as bald efforts to rewrite our history and destroy our heritage.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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