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Motto Mania: Pa. Lawmaker Proposes Religious Statement For Public Schools

A Pennsylvania state legislator is pushing a bill that would require public schools in the state to post “In God We Trust” signs – but he insists religion has nothing to do with it.

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) says he merely wants to honor the anniversary of the first appearance of “In God We Trust” on coins, which occurred 150 years ago. Read more

Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs

Posting “In God We Trust” signs in city and county government buildings has become all the rage in California.

The drive is spearheaded by a Bakersfield woman named Jacquie Sullivan who persuaded officials in her town to adopt the motto and then took the crusade to other cities. The most recent town to approve the motto is Port Hueneme in Ventura County. The vote was 4-1. Read more

Misplaced Trust: House Set To Vote On ‘In God We Trust’ Resolution

As Americans United notes in a press release issued today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a resolution, H Con. Res. 13, which would reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and encourage the display of that motto in public spaces.  Read more

Licensing God?: Georgia’s Deity Decision Could Be Just Peachy – If You Vote

I know it's almost July, but Georgia has me thinking about Christmas. Though I’m as secular as they come, I love myself some cinematic Christmas cheer. Each year, I watch as Clarence Odbody AS2 finally earns his wings and as Tim Allen contractually but reluctantly takes up Santa’s reins. Read more

Miffed About A Meeting: Religious Right Carps About White House Confab With Secularists

As last week came to a close, the Secular Coalition of America – an advocacy group made up of atheists, agnostics and humanists – had a chance to meet with members of the Obama Administration.

The meeting on Friday reportedly marked the first time American non-believers have ever met with White House officials, and it really struck a nerve with the Religious Right. Read more

God In Lompoc: California Community Battles Over Symbolic Nod To God

Religious Right-driven skirmishes over the role of religion in public life continue to roil communities around California.

In the latest battle, the Lompoc City Council voted 4-1 this week to post "In God We Trust" at two spots in City Hall. According to the Santa Maria Times, the religious affirmation will be displayed on the speaker's podium and on a lobby wall outside Council chambers. Read more

Holy War In California?: Religious Poster Controversy Sparks Vandalism In God's Name

Religious Right leaders and their followers often assert that it's no big deal when the government endorses religion in a general way. "In God We Trust" appears on our money, and "under God" was slipped into the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a generic endorsement of religion, so no harm done, right? Read more