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article imageHouse passes In God We Trust for public schools, Fed buildings

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By Nancy Houser     Nov 2, 2011 in Politics
On November 1, 2011, the Republicans in the House voted and passed a non-binding resolution that reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the United States national motto. Public schools and government buildings are encouraged to display the motto openly.
Located on the back of the U.S. paper dollar bill, the motto was sponsored by Republican Representative Randy Forbes, sure to appeal to the party’s religious conservative base according to the Telegraph.co.uk.
Meanwhile, CBS News reports that according to the Democrats, it is a distraction from real issues and the bill “creates unnecessary and excessive government entanglement with religion.”
Five Democrats wrote in the House Judiciary Committee report,
"Instead of working to help American families keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables, we are debating whether or not to affirm and proliferate a motto that was adopted in 1956 and that is not imperiled in any respect," the report said.
Once the Republicans seized the House in 2010, they had adopted new rules forbidding symbolic resolutions as a waste of time. But Forbes had initiated the new bill because of President Obama’s inaccurate usage of “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto in Jakarta---meaning “out of one, many.”
However, in the Telegraph.co.uk article, “Atheist, in battle to remove ‘In God We trust ‘ from US currency,” an atheist believes that the words “under God” should be removed from US currency and from the Pledge of Allegiance as it breaches his constitutional rights as a non-believer.
"The whole argument that 'under God' wasn't placed into the pledge for religious purposes is bogus," Dr Newdow said. "I hope people recognise this is not against God or people who believe in God. It's about the government not treating people equally on the basis of their lawful religious views."
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