Failing to display national motto in school might become a crime in Tennessee

On March 21, Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that would require “In God We Trust” to be displayed “in a prominent location in each school.” Some more reasonable lawmakers suggested that making the display a requirement might be a little too much. Representative Lynn, who originally sponsored the legislation, disagreed. In the video below, you […]

In God We Trust: the abuse of reality

In 1964 Henry Morgenthau, the founder of realist international relations theory, advised that we should not be deceived by the glaring discrepancy between America’s professed values and the actual historical record. Morgenthau claimed that the professed ideals of America—liberty, justice, freedom, and self-determination—constituted reality, whereas the record of America’s imperialist, colonialist, white supremacist history merely […]

“In God We Trust” can be defeated

Last year, I was in Sacramento, CA for California Freethought Day representing The Original Motto Project. Whenever I attend conferences like Freethought Day, there is never a shortage of atheists and secularists who express to me how irksome they find our current national motto, “In God We Trust.” I often hear words of encouragement like “keep up […]

In God We Trust: the way forward in Arkansas

Back in April, the legislature of Arkansas enacted Act 911, which mandates that, if funds are made available through donations, the motto “In God We Trust” be displayed in public schools. In response, American Atheists wrote a letter to all 262 school district superintendents in Arkansas threatening litigation if they complied with the law.

Book Review: One Nation Under God

This essay was originally part of my undergraduate coursework at Southern New Hampshire University. You can purchase Kevin Kruse’s One Nation Under God on Amazon.   It is a common perception among Americans that their country is founded on Christian principles, or is a Christian nation. Though generally rejected by historians and other academics, this belief […]

Operation Safety 91 claims San Antonio Police will display In God We Trust

Some of you may be aware of a nonprofit called “Operation Safety 91.” For those who are not, here’s who they are: Operation Safety 91 describes itself as a “Christian faith-based organization whose goal is to promote honor and appreciation of Responders and what they do and to make available to them God’s Covenant of […]

FFRF Contacts Atlanta, Texas PD about Motto

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has sent a letter requesting that the Atlanta, Texas Police Department remove the phrase “One City Under God” from their patrol vehicles. According to the letter, obtained by The Original Motto Project, the Atlanta City Council authorized the phrase to be place on patrol vehicles back in November of last […]