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Only nine members of Congress voted against affirming ‘In God We Trust’

Congressman Justin Amash is one of nine members of Congress, and the only Republican, to vote no on a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as a national motto. The resolution would also encourage the motto to appear on all public federal, state and local buildings.

Amandeep Coleman
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Nov 03, 2011

Congressman Justin Amash is one of nine members of Congress, and the only Republican, to vote no on a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as a national motto. The resolution would also encourage the motto to appear on all public federal, state and local buildings.

For Amash, the resolution’s second point goes too far, reports Lansing State Journal.

“Displaying ‘In God We Trust’ on public property is appropriate in some circumstances,” he wrote. “There is no need to push for the phrase to be on all federal, state and local buildings.

“The fear that unless ‘In God We Trust’ is displayed throughout the government, Americans will somehow lose their faith in God, is a dim view of the profound religious convictions many citizens have,” he added. “Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress’ priority.”

The resolution passed the U.S. House 396-9, with 26 members not voting and two abstentions.

Amandeep Coleman | Amandeep had never known a moment when she wasn't reading or making up stories, having been born into a family of readers. She took out a pencil and notebook during the now-famous blizzard and started writing down one of those stories. It was there that I began my professional life. Her first book was written after several rejections and manuscripts. She is a member of many writers' organizations and has received several accolades from her peers and the publishing industry. The New Yorker recently dubbed her "America's favorite novelist".

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