Washington, D.C., Mar 17 – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today that the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of the “In God We Trust Resolution,” H. Con. Res. 13. The resolution, introduced by Forbes and supported by 64 bipartisan Members of Congress, reaffirms the national motto and supports and encourages the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions. “Today, the House Judiciary Committee asked two simple questions: does the United States still have the right to trust in God, and if so, should it? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, then the truths we declare to be ‘self evident’ and the rights we hold as ‘endowed by our Creator’ are indeed transcendent and cannot be taken away by any government. I applaud the Judiciary Committee for answering ‘yes’ and reaffirming not only our nation’s trust in God, but also our fundamental rights as Americans,” said Forbes. Forbes introduced the “In God We Trust Resolution” in response to a pattern of omitting God from our national heritage: · In 2007, a 17-year old Eagle Scout requested a flag and accompanying certificate in honor of his grandfather mentioning “love of God and country.” The certificate was initially censored until Members of Congress intervened. · Also in 2007, the U.S. Mint circulated an “unknown number” of one-dollar coins omitting the motto, “In God We Trust.” Though the motto was restored, it was relegated to tiny script on the edge of the coin rather than its previous place on the coin’s face. · In 2008, the new Capitol Visitors Center was stripped of the national motto until 108 lawmakers called on the Architect of the Capitol to restore the “In God We Trust” engraving in the main foyer. · The Department of Veterans Affairs temporarily banned flag folding recitations at military funerals that referenced God or religion, even if specifically requested by the family of the deceased. Members penned a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requesting a reversal of the policy. Soon after, the Department backed off of the ban. · The replica of the top of the Washington Monument contained inside was not properly displayed so that the inscription “Laus Deo,” which means “Praise be to God,” was not fully visible. Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus wrote the National Park Service, which issued a statement acknowledging the oversight and committing to redesign the display so that the Laus Deo inscription could be seen. “There is a small minority who believes America does not have the right to trust in God, who believes the United States should not affirm trust in God, and who actively seek to remove any recognition of that trust. The passage of this legislation today, along with recent federal court decisions, sends a message that ‘In God We Trust’ is not only written in the halls of our federal buildings, but it is a bedrock upon which our nation is built,” said Forbes. Congressman Forbes is founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan group of over 70 members of Congress whose purpose is to protect America’s religious heritage and the right of all Americans to pray according to their faith.