Last night the Allegheny County Council voted 8-6 to prohibit the posting of our Nation’s Motto — In God We Trust — the Bill of Rights, E Pluribus Unum and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s motto — Virtue, Liberty and Independence. All Democrats present except one, Bill Robinson, voted against the resolution that would have allowed the posting of the above mentioned. John Palmiere, a Democrat from Baldwin who was a sponsor, did not attend the meeting. Additionally, Democrat Dr. Charles Martoni, a co-sponsor of the resolution, voted against it saying the more he “looked at it”, the more he saw that it was unnecessary.
This evening Allegheny County Council is considering Resolution 8376-14 which would allow the posting of our Nation’s Motto “In God We Trust” and the Bill of Rights in the Gold Room, where the Allegheny County Council meets in the Allegheny County Courthouse. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for the First Amendment, has contacted Allegheny County Council members asking them to support this patriotic statement.
Thanks to your efforts, the Allegheny County Government Reform Committee voted 5 to 1 to advance Resolution (8376-14) to the full Council for a vote at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 9th. Remember, if passed, this would allow the posting of “In God We Trust” as well as the Bill of Rights in the Council Chambers. So . . . how many emails did it take to impact this committee? Last week, in a period of 72 hours, Council members received 28 e-mails in support of the motto and two emails opposing the motto. That’s all . . . but don’t wait for someone else to send an email asking for a “Yea” vote on Resolution (8376-14). This time, let’s try to make it 50 emails in support!
Freedom from Religion Foundation — you know, the ones who target prayer by students, the National Day of Prayer, restaurants which offer churchgoers discounts on Sunday, etc. — filed a lawsuit against the IRS in 2012 demanding that the Obama Administration delve deep into preaching from the pulpit to ensure that pastors, priests, and parishioners don’t say anything within the four walls of a church that could be construed as political.
On July 1, 2014, Allegheny County Councilwoman, Sue Means introduced a resolution to have our National Motto, “In God We Trust,” displayed in the Allegheny County Council Chambers, Resolution #8376-14. This resolution proposes the posting of the National Motto along with the Bill of Rights.
HB 1728, “An Act providing for the display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in classrooms and other areas in public school buildings” overwhelming passed in the State House by a vote of 172-24 with one Republican (Chris Ross) and twenty-three Democrats voting against it.
From a January 14, 2014 Baltimore Sun article: “Bruce Hake, of Union Bridge, and Neil Ridgely, of Finksburg, are suing the county because they believe the commissioners’ sectarian prayers violate the so-called “Religion Clauses” of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which has been historically interpreted to prohibit the establishment of a national religion by Congress or the preference of the government for one religion over another.
Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, cited Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.
There is no doubt that our nation is in dire need of revival. As America has pushed God out of the public square, rewritten our history to omit the faith of our Founding Fathers and forgotten who we are and where we came from, we can see the consequences all around us. In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for a “National Fast Day” on April 30, 1863.
As I write this Pastor Scott Lively with Defend the Family is in US District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is being represented by our good friends at Liberty Counsel. In March 2012 a foreign group called Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) sued Pastor Scott “for the decade-long campaign he has waged, in coordination with his Ugandan counterparts, to persecute persons on the basis of their gender and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.”