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“Atheists in Mississippi are suing the state over its new license plates — which display the phrase, ‘In God We Trust’ — arguing that their First Amendment rights are being violated. One group is even arguing that the phrase is rooted in ‘deep hostility’ toward atheists.

“Wherever I use my trailer, I am forced to profess a religious idea that I do not believe,” said plaintiff Jason Alan Griggs in the lawsuit. ‘Imagine a Christian having to drive around with “In No God We Trust” or “In Allah We Trust.”’”


“Another plaintiff, Derenda Hancock, who describes herself as ‘a radical atheist,’ insists the government should not have the power to violate ‘her right to be free from religion.’ ‘I don’t want Jesus riding on my car,’ she reportedly told a tag agent in January 2019.” (Source)

The assumption by atheists is that no acknowledgment of God is neutrality. There’s always a God, acknowledged or not. Today, the State is God, and the statists want you and me to be diverted from that unstated claim by holding on to the false belief that as a nation we do trust in the God of the Bible.

Let’s be honest. Most people trust the government more than they trust God. How often does God become a deciding factor in any piece of legislation unless it’s the Democrats who claim Jesus was a socialist? Most Americans — Christians included — send their children to the godless public schools. Yes, the public schools in the United States are officially atheistic. Anyone who trusted God would not do that unless they were compelled (Dan. 1).

Anyone supporting abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, wealth confiscation, militarization, and many other policies does not trust God. God is used as a prop, and too many people fall for it. Pres. Joe Biden claims he believes in God but supports legislation so women can kill their unborn babies. A person’s profession is worthless if there is no discernable good fruit. A tree is known by its fruit, not its name.

On the other hand, “In God We Trust” is on every piece of coinage every atheist uses. Since 1956, “In God We Trust” has been our national motto. In reporting on the 1956 Joint Resolution that declared that “In God We Trust” would be our national motto, the Senate Judiciary Committee stated that “official recognition of this motto was given by the adoption of the Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem. One stanza of our national anthem is as follows:

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto — “In God is our trust.”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

“In view of these words in our national anthem, it is clear that ‘In God we trust’ has a strong claim as our national motto.”[1]

In 2011, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by atheist Michael Newdow that the “In God We Trust” Motto violated his constitutional rights.

The decision of the Ninth Circuit’s prior declaration in 1970 stated, according to Kevin Craig, “that phrases like ‘under God’ and ‘In God We Trust,’ and ‘So Help Me, God,’ did not violate the ‘separation of church and state’ because the word ‘God’ in these phrases was actually a secular term, a ‘ceremonial’ and ‘patriotic’ phrase with no ‘theological’ meaning, functioning simply to inculcate obedience to the State.”

This means that “In God We Trust” is a placeholder for however a person defines God. An atheist can declare that “In God We Trust” means nothing more than trust in oneself. But humans are dependent creatures. They live and move because “God gives to all life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25). Greg Bahnsen exposes their foolishness:

Imagine a person who comes in here tonight and argues “no air exists” but continues to breathe air while he argues. Now intellectually, atheists continue to breathe — they continue to use reason and draw scientific conclusions [which assumes an orderly universe], to make moral judgments [which assumes absolute values] — but the atheistic view of things would in theory make such “breathing” impossible. They are breathing God’s air all the time they are arguing against him.

“God,” “Supreme Ruler of the Universe,” “Providence of God,” “Divine Goodness,” and “Almighty God” (the most common phrase) are mentioned in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall. Mississippi’s constitution reads: “We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.”

Here’s the kicker. Atheists might appeal to the Constitution of the United States and the First Amendment to support their cause, but they would be disappointed since the Constitution includes the following phrase just above the signature of George Washington:

Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names. . .”

A copy of the dating of the Constitution

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation also concludes with “in the Year of Our Lord.”

The Emancipation Proclamation, that we now celebrate as a national holiday — officially as Juneteenth National Independence Day — ends with these words: “Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.”

“In the Year of Our Lord” is a reference to Jesus Christ. This means that atheists have Jesus riding in their Constitution, the same document they claim should exclude Him.

America's Christian History: The Untold Story

America’s Christian History: The Untold Story

Christianity is written on every page of America’s amazing history. Gary DeMar presents well-documented facts which will change your perspective about what it means to be a Christian in America; the truth about America’s Christian past as it relates to supreme court justices, and presidents; the Christian character of colonial charters, state constitutions, and the US Constitution; the Christian foundation of colleges, the Christian character of Washington, D.C.; the origin of Thanksgiving and so much more.


Author: Gary DeMar

Gary—who served as President of American Vision for thirty-five years—is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. Author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, he has been featured by nearly every major news media outlet. Gary also has hosted The Gary DeMar Show, History Unwrapped, and the Gary DeMar’s Vantage Point Webshow and is a regular contributor to AmericanVision.org. Gary has lived in the Atlanta area since 1979 with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and are enjoying being grandparents. Gary and Carol are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).


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