Just ahead of the opening of the Capitol Visitor Center in 2008, conservative lawmakers protested the factual inaccuracies and the omission of historical religious content in the Center.
During an initial tour, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) noticed that the phrase “E. Pluribus Unum” – Latin for “from many, one” – was erroneously described as the national motto rather than “In God We Trust.”
Congress passed a joint resolution directing Ayers [Architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers, appointed by Obama to a 10 year term] to engrave “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance prominently in the center.
The Office of the Architect of the Capitol has approximately 2,600 employees and an annual budget of nearly $600 million.
This is the Visitor Center that, at its opening, Harry Reid referenced the “smelly Americans” who had been bothering him.
The most jarring and important point to me is that the E Pluribus Unum had already been engraved in the stone upon somebody’s decision and instruction. I’d like to know who. This is a prime example of the underhanded campaign – yes it is a campaign – to remove God from our history and from our lives today. Socialism and God do not go well together. And don’t you know if whoever is behind this could, they would remove every reference to God in Washington, D. C.. but lucky for us they really are “carved in stone.”
All I can say is we really have to pay attention. These are sneaky, shrewd (so and so’s – I restrain myself) who are relying on our complacency.
The website called “Americans United” posted this:
November 2009 People & Events
Months of carping by the Religious Right and its allies paid off in September when the words “In God We Trust” were chiseled into the main hall of the Capitol Visitor Center.
Carping? 🙂 I didn’t even know about this so I have only just begun to carp.