Congressional Prayer Caucus Asks For ‘Correction’ To ‘E Plubris Unum’

A circulated $1 bill with In God We Trust marked with a custom-made stamp

A circulated $1 bill with "In God We Trust" marked with a custom-made stamp

What about church vs. state? Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus complain about President Obama’s alteration of his use of the “national motto.” David Edwards from The Raw Story reports:

Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus wrote to President Barack Obama last month to ask that he correct speeches they say disregard the nation’s religious heritage.

The members took specific exception to a speech the president gave in Jakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 10, 2010, where he referred to the US motto as E pluribus unum.

The words are Latin, meaning “Out of many, one.”

E pluribus unum is not our national motto,” the letter (.pdf) said. “In 1956, Congress passed and President Eisenhower approved the law establishing ‘In God We Trust’ as the official national motto of the United States.”

Obama used the term E pluribus unum in his speech to illustrate that in America, like other nations, “hundreds of millions who hold different beliefs can be united in freedom under one flag.”

[Continues at The Raw Story]

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  • WhiteRose

    Marking money is a federal offense?

  • WhiteRose

    Marking money is a federal offense?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

      No, it’s not.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, “E pluribus unum” does have kind of socialist ring to it. Get rid of it.

    ‘Sides, why the Hell would the Founding Fathers have made the motto in a foreign language? And a Mediterranean one at that.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, “E pluribus unum” does have kind of socialist ring to it. Get rid of it.

    ‘Sides, why the Hell would the Founding Fathers have made the motto in a foreign language? And a Mediterranean one at that.

  • Haystack

    I thought the US motto was “Stay off our oil.”

  • Haystack

    I thought the US motto was “Stay off our oil.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7R5AOAPSSVE3NTRGMM7UX3CFQ Xiuli Lin
  • Anonymous

    I thought we changed our motto to “sure, let’s go ahead and super size it.”

  • hunter349

    I thought we changed our motto to “sure, let’s go ahead and super size it.”

  • 5by5

    Yeah, let’s pick the bullshit made up in the 1950′s over the motto chosen by the Founders that these people CLAIM they admire so much. And this from the people who also claim to be “originalists”. You know, except when it’s inconvenient….

  • 5by5

    Yeah, let’s pick the bullshit made up in the 1950′s over the motto chosen by the Founders that these people CLAIM they admire so much. And this from the people who also claim to be “originalists”. You know, except when it’s inconvenient….

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Yes, this raises the real question of why the Religious Right aren’t bringing out the big guns to get the economy together and ‘win’ the war in Afghanistan: National Prayer Day.

      Jesus Christ, if Guinness ™ can get millions of people to hoist a pint to celebrate the memory of a dead man, why can’t the Church’s put together their own privately sponsored day of prayer to set the living world straight?

      http://www.guinness.com/en-row/arthurs-day/

      (Admittedly, the #’s are not precise, but that’s not my point . . . )

  • Rufusjdill82

    How can we trust in God when there’s no evidebce to support it exists and these people don’t just mean any God they mean the God of the Bible and there’s far less than zsero evidence to suggest that one exists? Are they trying to say that our national motto is “We trust in nothing”?

  • Rufusjdill82

    How can we trust in God when there’s no evidebce to support it exists and these people don’t just mean any God they mean the God of the Bible and there’s far less than zsero evidence to suggest that one exists? Are they trying to say that our national motto is “We trust in nothing”?

    • Andrew

      No evidence of America’s God? I have some God in my wallet!

  • RedRose

    This country has far more pressing issues…

  • RedRose

    This country has far more pressing issues…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this raises the real question of why the Religious Right aren’t bringing out the big guns to get the economy together and ‘win’ the war in Afghanistan: National Prayer Day.

    Jesus Christ, if Guinness ™ can get millions of people to hoist a pint to celebrate the memory of a dead man, why can’t the Church’s put together their own privately sponsored day of prayer to set the living world straight?

    http://www.guinness.com/en-row/arthurs-day/

    (Admittedly, the #’s are not precise, but that’s not my point . . . )

  • Andrew

    No evidence of America’s God? I have some God in my wallet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z62YPY47M436DV27FHXE3NSSY Reese N

    No, it’s not.