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Religion Roundup: House to vote on 'In God We Trust' resolution

Religion Roundup: House to vote on 'In God We Trust' resolution

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Republican-led House is expected to considering a resolution Tuesday that would reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States.

The measure, H.Con.Res. 13 from Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., would reaffirm the phrase as the nation's official motto and encourage its display in all public buildings and public schools.

"If religion and morality are taken out of the marketplace of ideas," the resolution reads, "the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secure."

Forbes said this is the House's chance to "directly confront a disturbing trend of inaccuracies and omissions, misunderstandings of church and state, rogue court challenges, and efforts to remove God from the public domain by unelected bureaucrats."

Passage of the resolution isn't guaranteed. House Judiciary Committee Democrats have argued that the national motto "is not imperiled in any respect." They accuse the panel's Republicans of wasting the committee's time on a bill that isn't enforceable, is already on the books, and "further injects the hand of government into the private religious lives of the American people."

The Senate reaffirmed the motto in 2006, on the 50th anniversary of its adoption, Forbes said.

In other religion news

  • Today is All Saints Day, one of the oldest feasts days on the Christian calendar and a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. Nov. 2 is All Souls Day. The two are connected by both ancient and religious traditions, explained here.
  • Doomsday prophet Harold Camping says he is embarrassed that the world didn't end on Oct. 21, as he predicted it would. A message on his ministry's website said, "When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that it is very, very difficult."

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