Some Pennsylvania lawmakers want to require public schools to have the “In God We Trust” motto on display.
Co-sponsors of the legislation include some local Republican lawmakers: state Reps. Will Tallman, R-
Sometimes on display in my wallet: pic.twitter.com/ePKSMDhnsl
— Ed Mahon (@edmahonreporter) October 31, 2013
Here’s what State Rep. Rick Saccone, a Republican who represents parts of Allegheny and Washington counties, said in his co-sponsorship memo:
The motto “In God We Trust” is part of the history and heritage of the United States. On April 22, 2014, we will celebrate the 150thAnniversary of our national motto “In God We Trust” on our coins.
While this phrase was first introduced to the nation by Francis Scott Key in 1814 in the words of our national anthem, it was a Pennsylvanian, James Pollock, the 13th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who was responsible for suggesting the installation of these words on our coins during his term as Director of the United States Mint. In April of 1864, Congress first approved the use of the motto on United States two-cent pieces, and since then, the motto has been inscribed on most denominations of coins in an uninterrupted period of time extending from the present back to 1916.