In God We Trust Motto

Supportive Talking Points
  • According to a 2003 joint poll by USA Today, CNN, and Gallup, 90% of Americans support the inscription, “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.
  • The long held motto has not historically presented any constitutional difficulty, is not coercive, and does not prefer one religious denomination over another.
  • The motto has withheld numerous challenges and has a solid history of favorable court rulings.
  • Amicus Brief in support of the motto defended in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • The motto reflects the rich cultural heritage of religion and religious liberty that was so prominent in our nation’s founding.
  • The national motto is not law (i.e., does not enforce a system of rules) and therefore does not violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause.
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