After eight long years of practical godlessness of the Obama administration, God has been brought back into the federal government by the Trump administration. Shortly after taking office, Trump said, “The Office is so powerful that you need God even more….”
The words, “In God We Trust” have been around for quite some time, since the 1800’s, but it wasn’t until 1956 that those words became the national motto. Then, it 1957 the motto, “In God We Trust” appeared on paper currency.
In Virginia, there’s one lady that’s putting that motto on the local police cars for free, but not everyone seems to be happy about it.
“In God We Trust” has long been displayed on U.S. currency. It sits above the image of President Abraham Lincoln on the one-cent coin and on the back of paper bills.
The first recorded suggestion of incorporating the phrase was from a Pennsylvania minister named Reverend M.R. Watkinson. In 1861, he asked Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase to recognize God on U.S. coins.
“This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object,” the minister wrote. Eventually, the words “In God We Trust” appeared on U.S. coins.
In 1956, Congress passed a joint resolution declaring “In God We Trust” the national motto of the U.S. And in 1957, the motto made its first appearance on paper currency.
Some have advocated spreading the motto further. It has been added to government vehicles and license plates in multiple states. If you Google the words “In God We Trust” or search on “YouTube” you will see for yourself, the multiple states that have placed the motto on their police cars.
But just as some are delighted to see the motto as a reminder of what they believe needs to be the foundation of their communities, others are equally opposed to it. Recently, a Virginia business owner added the motto to the bumper of police vehicles in her home town, and the reaction suggests that the controversy is likely to stay.
Tina Hazelwood of Hopewell, Virginia, is the owner of Graceful Touch Creations. The company’s website shows examples of T-shirts with decals and blends its products with its devotion to Christian faith, including a quote from the Bible and information on missionary work.
Last year, Hazelwood added the motto “In God We Trust” to sheriffs’ cars in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, and now she has added more of the decals to cars for the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office in her home town of Hopewell. She did it all free of charge.
“It’s such a big deal to me, the cost is really not an issue,” Hazelwood told WTVR. “For me this is a way to make others aware of God and what he does.”
After adding the decals to vehicles last year, Hazelwood got some support from residents. “I absolutely LOVE the fact that they did this!!” one woman wrote on Facebook.
Others were not so happy. “Meaningless words,” one man wrote on Facebook.
The two opinions reflect the debate happening in towns around the U.S. where the motto has been displayed in similar ways. Critics say the use of the motto on government-owned cars violates the constitution.
Groups such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation have opposed the use of the motto, with USA Today reporting the group has said the motto has “no place on government-owned cars.” The Original Motto Project wants to replace “In God We Trust” with “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “Out of many, one.”
Our national motto is “In God We Trust”. No court anywhere in the United States has ever held that the public posting of the words “In God We Trust” violates the Constitution that I am aware of.
Everyone is entitled their opinion, but “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the U.S. When Congress says otherwise…then maybe we’ll change it. But until then, if you are truly offended by our national motto “In God We Trust” then maybe you are in the wrong country.
Certainly after 8 years of Obama being in office and all the #BlackLivesMatter protests, it seems like anything that is American – the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, etc…or represents American patriotic symbols seems to offend some people. It’s not surprising after Obama that our national motto is a controversy.
I think we should help Hazelwood and others spread the motto far and wide. If you believe that our national motto – “In God We Trust” should be supported, please share on social media if you agree!