Saturday, July 30, 2011

On July 30

On this day in ...
... 1956 (55 years ago today), by dint of a joint resolution of Congress that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law, "In God We Trust" became the national motto of the United States of America. (photo credit) The move came 2 years after Congress inserted a similar phrase into the official version of the already-by-then-62-year-old Pledge of Allegiance. The propriety of the inclusion/omission of these slogans long has been controversial (see, most recently, here): the U.S. Supreme Court dodged the issue on procedural grounds in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow (2004), and as long ago as 1907, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt dropped the motto from a U.S. coin; its use was, TR asserted, "close to sacrilege."

(Prior July 30 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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