Hillary Clinton refuse to give correct national motto:  “In God We Trust”; Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford gives response Saturday

By Michael Hernandez

CLEVELAND—In her acceptance speech, Thursday, Hillary Clinton stated:  Our country’s motto is E Pluribus Unum–out of many, we are one.  In 2010, President Barack Obama similarly said,  “In the United States, our motto is E Pluribus Unum–out of many, we are one.”

On Friday, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), stated:  “One problem, E Pluribus Unum isn’t our national motto.  In 1956, “In God We Trust” was made the official motto of the United States of America…by law.  Our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, (also made official by an act of Congress) long included he phrase:  “And this be our motto: In God is our trust.”

According to the ACLJ, “E Pluribus Unum, while included on the  Great Seal of the United States, has never been the National Motto…The National Motto is once again under legal attack by those who want to censor every vestige of our religious heritage of our nation from our society.

“Now, Michael Newdow (attorney, physician and founder of the First Atheist Church of True Science, FACTS) is renewing the same trite attempt to eviscerate our National Moto—and with it our religious heritage—from our currency.  This time, he is claiming that the National Motto on our currency somehow constitutes an unconstitutional ‘religious test’ for office or public trust under the United States.  That’s absolutely ludicrous,” said the ACLJ.

Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clarke, ACLJ attorneys, state, “Newdow has also tried and failed to remove ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance.  In 2004, the ACLJ filed a major amicus brief at the Supreme Court in that case on behalf of 68 members of Congress and over 260,000 Americans, helping to defeat this outrageous legal challenge.  We’ve filed briefs in a number of Newdow’s failed attacks on inaugural prayer and our National motto.

“In addition, at the ACLJ, we filed an amicus brief on behalf of 50 members of Congress successfully defending ‘In God We Trust ‘ on the wall of the Capitol Visitors Center when the Freedom From Religion Foundation challenged it in Federal Court and failed.”

Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford and Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes responded to Hillary Clinton on Saturday (July 30th)—the 60 year celebration of President Dwight Eisenhower’s signing legislation making “In God We Trust” America’s national motto.

Prior to the passage of the law, there was no official motto for the United States.  Congress noted that “In God We Trust” had already been inscribed on coins and was part of the national anthem.  “However,   official designation would be “of great spiritual and psychological value to our country,” according to the Senate and House of Representatives at the time.

“Even though the motto was not officially adopted until 1956, it is interwoven into the fabric of this nation, from our founding documents, to our currency, to  inscriptions on our government buildings.”

The Declaration of Independence famously states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.

“The Establishment Clause does not  prohibit the government from referencing religion altogether, nor does it require that the government scrub all references of religion from the public square.

“As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor once wrote, “government acknowledgement of religion serve, in the only ways reasonably possible in our culture, the legitimate secular purposes of solemnizing public occasions, expressing confidence in the future, and encouraging the recognition of what is worthy of appreciation in society. 

For that reason, and because of their history and ubiquity, those practices are not understood as conveying government approval of particular religious beliefs.” (Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668, 693, 1984.  O’Connor, J. concurring).

According to Senator Lankford and Congressman Forbes, “This (the National Motto: In God We Trust) is a part of our nation’s history that cannot be erased.”


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He can be contacted by email: [email protected] or by calling (818) 263-9881.


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William "Bill" Hicks

E. Pluribus Unum does fit the multi-cultural agenda, doesn’t it?