Published On: Thu, Feb 11th, 2016

LETTER: Against national motto on public buildings


Note: This letter to the editor is in response to an article published in the Feb. 11 issue of the One Feather entitled “In God We Trust motto withdrawn in Council”. 

“When I asked for a way to get it set up and come on the Council, I had no inkling or idea that anybody would be offended about it,” Lanier said. “I have not tried to force this on anybody.” Yet, Lanier knows this to be a lie!

I, as well as others, have opposed and are offended by his religious mission to impose this motto upon us all, which was forced upon the nation by evangelicals back in the 1950s during the scare of communism. They basically told elected officials you either go along with it or you won’t be re-elected. It is very similar to what’s happening now with Christians in our country, pushing Christian only prayer at government meetings, displays on government property and with Lanier pushing this motto upon our government agencies.

The Nation’s original motto “E Pluribus Unum” (out of many, one), was and still is our founders motto for our nation.  It is on our money and on our National seals. Our founders knew we are a people of many different beliefs and nationalities, being a people united as one nation. Lanier and those who endorse his mission wish to divide our communities and our nation. Not to mention the millions of dollars that could be used to help the needy instead of putting up words on buildings, which serve no purpose except to inflate his ego. Keep America’s original motto, “E Pluribus Unum”.


Steven Hewett

King, NC