My response in a letter to Senator Marty —
Senator Marty –
In May of 2018, Minnesota State Senator Dan Hall introduced an amendment (that passed) proposing schools be allowed to display the words “In God We Trust.” Senator Marty you stated in response, “The money in my wallet has to say ‘In God We Trust?’ I think that’s offensive.”
George Washington said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.” So strong were the sentiments of acknowledging God in America that in 1873, Congress passed into law minting “In God We Trust” on all our coins. In 1931, Congress made “The Star-Spangled Banner” our national anthem, the final verse of which declares, “This be our motto, in God is our trust.” In 1954, President Eisenhower heard an encouraging sermon about adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. The president proposed this idea to Congress and was immediately passed into law. Eisenhower announced, “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.” In 1956, Congress passed a law making “In God we trust” our national motto. “In God We Trust” is part of America’s heritage.
Senator, if you find God so offensive why did you take an oath of office acknowledging God as the source of Minnesota’s “civil and religious liberty?” The Preamble of the Minnesota Constitution declares, “We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”
Senator, every American citizen has the freedom of conscience to believe God is the source of our rights, or not. However, only those representatives who acknowledge God as the source of our “civil and religious liberty” should hold office.
In the year of our Lord 2019 –
Sincerely, Tom Hughes
President, Alliance for Religious Freedom
P.O. Box 571 Marco Island, FL 34146-0571