The American Family Association (AFA) is celebrating the addition of the nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” to the $621 million Capitol Visitor Center. Virtually all mention of the role of faith in God in America’s founding and development was omitted from displays when the center first opened.
Through the hard work of Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and the Congressional Prayer Caucus, the omission was corrected and an engraving of the national motto was unveiled last week.
Tim Wildmon, president of AFA, said, “When you look at the role faith has always played in American history – and that includes church services that were held in the Capitol itself – it’s unconscionable all references to God were left out of the center. Our Founders all openly relied on Providence, and it’s essential that that part of our history be recognized and honored when American families come to Washington.”
Said the AFA’s director of issues analysis, Bryan Fischer, “The architect of the Center actually thought that ‘E Pluribus Unum’ was the national motto rather than ‘In God We Trust.’ That’s an appalling level of ignorance for someone in a position of public responsibility. Maybe we should have him take a remedial course in American history before he’s entrusted with another project. It’s embarrassing that he found room for displays on Earth Day, AIDs rallies and casinos but found no place for God anywhere. There’s only 580,000 square feet there, so maybe space was a problem.”
Wildmon said the AFA is also looking forward to the upcoming unveiling of a display featuring the Pledge of Allegiance. “God’s a gentleman,” said Wildmon, “and only goes where He’s welcome. It’s good for America that at last He’s welcome at the Capitol Visitor Center.”