FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2010
Contact: Adam Buckalew
HARPER APPLAUDS JUDGE’S DECISION TO TOSS
SUIT CHALLENGING “IN GOD WE TRUST”
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge William M. Conley dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of engraving “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Harper was one of 50 Members of Congress to sign an amicus brief in opposition to the case filed by the atheist organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation.
“Our country’s first national document, the Declaration of Independence, spoke to unalienable Rights given to American’s by our Creator. Numerous sources point to our founders’ collective reliance on God for direction and wisdom as they drafted the United States Constitution.
“I had the honor of managing the bill that directed the Architect of the Capitol to engrave our country’s official national motto, ‘In God We Trust’ and the Pledge of Allegiance in the Capitol Visitor Center. The clear intent of this law is to install these two important reminders of our country’s foundation.”