Republican attacked by primary challenger for vote against ‘In God We Trust’ resolution

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:25 EDT
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Rep. Justin Amash speaks to Reason
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A Michigan businessman who is challenging libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash in the Republican primary for his House seat thinks his vote against an “In God We Trust” resolution is “bizarre.”

In a press release sent out on Thursday, Brian Ellis linked Amash’s 2011 vote to the atheist movement.

“‘In God We Trust’ was first placed on U.S. coins by Congress in 1864 and officially became our national motto in 1956,” he said. “Through lawsuits, atheists have attempted to impose their will and remove the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ from our currency. They have been unsuccessful so far, but to make clear America’s commitment to our heritage and faith in God, the U.S. House of Representatives, as the voice of the people, voted 396-9 to reaffirm ‘In God We Trust’ as our national motto and support the display on public buildings. Amazingly, Congressman Justin Amash voted ‘no.’”

“From President Washington’s Inaugural address to President Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer to President Bush’s speech after the 9/11 attacks, America has rightly placed her trust in the Almighty. Justin Amash was clearly not representing the people of the 3rd District when he voted against reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as our national motto,” Ellis added.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), encouraged the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, including public schools. Amash was the only Republican to vote against the measure.

Amash explained on his Facebook page in 2011 that he voted against the resolution because it was unnecessary. He said Americans didn’t need to be constantly reminded by the government to believe in God.

“The fear that unless ‘In God We Trust’ is displayed throughout the government, Americans will somehow lose their faith in God, is a dim view of the profound religious convictions many citizens have,” he said. “The faith that inspired many of the Founders of this country — the faith I practice — is stronger than that. Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress’s priority. I voted no.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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