To the editor:
The letter from Dan Lambeth ("Critical race theory is wrong") in your June 27 edition states, “The USA founded 'Under God We Trust' 7-4-1776" is replete with inaccuracies. Allow me to correct just a few of them.
The phrase-motto “In God We Trust” was not adopted by the U.S. Congress until 1956. The original national motto, “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One), was adopted in 1776 and placed on the Great Seal that same year. It was the de facto standard and only national motto until Congress, in an attempt to thwart the “Red Scare” of the 1950s, replaced it with a religious motto.
Likewise the original Pledge of Allegiance, penned in 1892, does not contain any reference to any god. The words “under God” were added by the same Congress, for the same reason, in 1954.
There is absolutely no reference to any god of any sort in the United States Constitution. The Founders intended the government to be purely secular and installed protections against any sort of government-induced theocracy. It always amuses me to read letters such as Mr. Lambeth’s that are based on myth rather than an actual reading and understanding of our nation’s founding documents.