Poll: Should lawmakers require public schools to display “In God We Trust” motto?


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-Reading Township, Adams County, Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, and Seth Grove, R-Dover Township.


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.


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5 Responses to Poll: Should lawmakers require public schools to display “In God We Trust” motto?

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  2. Cori says:

    Would you also suggest we post “In men we trust” or “In wealth we trust”? This move just seems like another way to jab people who are doubters or non-believers. Focus energies on bringing people together rather than tearing them apart, please.

  3. Joe says:

    “In God We Trust” is the “law of the land.” Until that law is overturned, this is a non-issue.

  4. John jones says:

    I’d much rather see “E Pluribus Unim”, which more accurately captures the mood & spirit if the American Revolution. But, as others have commented, there are a great number of things far more pressing right now for our schools’ needs than any “plaque”!

  5. Jeff Bruening says:

    Yes, It should be required to stay if it is already in place. Any business/government agency, school should have the option to add, but not remove it.
    It is the heritage of this country. To take it way is further evidence that our leaders no longer value the basic beliefs that this country stands for.

    We might as well start paying England a tea tax again?
    People came to America and still come to this country for things it believed in. They did not come here to change it like it was where they came from, otherwise they would have stayed there.

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