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Obama Responds to 'In God We Trust' Vote, Secretary Misquotes Bible

  • Religion Today Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2011 Nov 03

In response to the House of Representatives' vote to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the nation's official motto, President Obama chided lawmakers for ignoring his jobs bill and focusing on legislative measures that didn't serve to create jobs, the Religion News Service reports. Obama called out Republican leaders individually and even invoked God's name: "I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work." As a follow-up to Obama's speech, press secretary Jay Carney was asked by a reporter, "Isn't it a bit much to bring God into the jobs debate?" Carney justified Obama's statement by noting that the phrase "God helps those who help themselves" is from the Bible -- except it's not. Many Christians decried the incorrect reference, and the White House later noted later that the phrase did not, in fact, appear in the Bible.