Washington, D.C. – In response to the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of legislation, now eligible to be sent to the full House, that would reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the nation’s motto and encourage its placement on public buildings, Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement:

Contrary to what some members of the Judiciary Committee might suggest, and despite the religious freedom concerns raised by employing the phrase “In God We Trust” as a national motto for a country that was built on ensuring the proper boundaries between religion and government, there is no real danger of that motto being replaced.  There are far more important and pressing issues for the Judiciary Committee to be focusing on, and if its members are interested, we would be happy to provide them with a list.  The religious freedoms of American citizens are certainly at risk and the Judiciary Committee’s time would be much better spent holding hearings on issues like religious freedom in the workplace, charitable choice programs and the faith-based initiative.  

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.