House Re-Reaffirms 'In God We Trust' as Motto

House votes to reaffirm it, again

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2011 8:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fear not: “In God We Trust” is still the national US motto. Installed in 1956 and already reaffirmed in 2002 and 2006, the House once again voted to reaffirm it yesterday after an apparently dramatic 35-minute debate Tuesday night, the Washington Post reports. Dramatic, at least, in that Rep. Trent Franks took the opportunity to declare that if the House doesn’t believe in God, then “we should just let anarchy prevail because, after all, we are just worm food.”

Fortunately for Franks, 395 of his fellow House members agreed with him; only nine members voted nay. President Obama, however, apparently found the whole thing a little ridiculous. “In the House of Representatives, what have you guys been doing, John [Boehner]?” he wondered. “You’ve had legislation reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto. That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work." Retorted the bill's sponsor, “Our citizens need that kind of hope, and that kind of inspiration."

A sign that reads In God We Trust is pictured outside the Central Valley Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 in Meridian, Idaho.
A sign that reads "In God We Trust" is pictured outside the Central Valley Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 in Meridian, Idaho.   (AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield)
'In God We Trust.'
'In God We Trust.'   (Shutterstock)
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Is God God? Or is man God? In God do we trust, or in man do we trust? ... Indeed we have the time to reaffirm that God is God and in God do we trust. - Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)

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