House Votes to Reaffirm 'In God We Trust' Motto
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- 2011 Nov 02
In a 396-9 vote Tuesday night, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States, Fox News reports. The resolution, proposed by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), not only affirms the motto but also encourages its display in public and government buildings. Forbes said the motto had been under attack during the past three years, citing specifically an instance in which President Obama misstated the motto as "E pluribus unum" and refused to correct himself even after 42 members of Congress sent him a letter, as well as the fact that the White House website has the incorrect motto. "There are a very small number of people, but unfortunately very vocal people, who really want to attack faith in every element of the nation," Forbes said. "But we're not going to go quietly into the night." The nine lawmakers who voted against the resolution were Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.).