Restore the U​.​S. National Motto to E Pluribus Unum

Restore the U​.​S. National Motto to E Pluribus Unum

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Jacob Kreusch started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

We, the undersigned are requesting that a bill be introduced with the intent that the national motto of “In God We Trust” be replaced with the nation’s original motto, “E Pluribus Unum” in line with both the founders’ original intentions and the responsibility of the federal government outlined in the Bill of Rights’ Establishment Clause.

The original national motto of the United States was “E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of Many, One.” It spoke to the founders’ beliefs that many states, people, religions, and creeds could come together to form a cohesive whole. It was a unifying message that was unfortunately stripped reasons for reasons counter to our founding values and the implementation of the phrase has a history that is checkered at best.

Below are reasons that “In God We Trust” should not continue to be the national motto:

  • It was always a violation of the Establishment Clause to do so and the courts themselves have had difficulty defending its existence beyond giving it exceptions due to the length of its tenure.
  • It excludes those who do not identify as monotheists.
  • The phrase has a checkered history of official use.
    • In the 1860’s it was put onto coins in part to combat “the ignominy of heathenism” a direct attempt at alienating non-Christians and chilling the free expression of religion.
    • It was adopted as the national motto and placed onto currency in the 1950’s in response to fears of the Soviet Union. What sort of message does it send that we were willing to bend and break one of our own founding tenets out of fear of such an adversary?
  • Due to its decades-old history, many confuse it for having always been the motto and use its existence as an argument on why the Christian Church should have a greater influence into American government and this sentiment is often played on by the very theocrats that our founding fathers sought to keep from power. As such, it is a phrase often used to antagonize non-Christians.

Below are reasons we should restore E Pluribus Unum as the national motto:

  • It will restore and preserve an important part of U.S. history and an iconic sentiment of our founding fathers.
  • It is an inclusive phrase that is applicable to all Americans rather than some and this inclusiveness will aid in fostering a sense of patriotism, bipartisanship, and cohesiveness among American citizens.
  • It will remove what has long been a legal double standard and help to restore our defenses against theocracy.
  • It will reflect our founding tenets rather than the negative emotions imposed on us by a modern enemy.
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