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Visitors to the Capitol can finally see ‘God’

This is the sort of thing that you don’t hear about in the mainstream press, but it’s worth noting: 

When the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center opened in December 2008, the national motto, “In God We Trust,” was nowhere to be found. But almost a year later, after complaints from members of Congress, a new engraving of the phrase was unveiled.


“This was accomplished due to the efforts of so many individuals in Congress and across the country who were willing to stand up on behalf of our nation’s religious heritage,” said Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R — Va) in a statement.

In July 2008, Forbes, founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, led more than 100 members of Congress to sign a letter to the architect of the Capitol about the lack of “historical religious content” in the new Visitor Center.


Committees in the House and Senate voted to make a number of changes to the $621 million visitor center, including plastering over incorrect references to the national motto being “E Pluribus Unum.”

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posted October 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

God willing this Country will not lose its Christian heritage and identity, despite so many being intent on doing just that. We must fight the good fight and bring God back into all aspects of our lives, if this Country is going to survive. Pray the Rosary daily for the conversion of sinners.
God bless.

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Al Owishus

posted October 5, 2009 at 7:28 am

Can you post a pic, please? Thnx
– change we can believe in.

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posted October 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

The motto “E Pluribus Unum” is not incorrect. This was the motto our Founding Fathers originally gave to our great country. “In God We Trust” was made the official motto in the 1950s after pressure from religious groups.
It amazes me that so many of my fellow Americans are ignorant of the real history of this nation.

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posted October 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm

And those of us who don’t trust or believe in the christian god will just have to grin and bear it, the tyranny of the majority.

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