Oklahoma didn’t have an official state motto before… but Rep. Danny Morgan is about to change that. His legislation — House Concurrent Resolution 1024 — will soon make the new motto: “Oklahoma — In God We Trust”:
WHEREAS, while the words “In God We Trust” were added to United States coins in 1864, it was not until 1956 that this phrase replaced “E Pluribus Unum” as the United States national motto; and
WHEREAS, although the State of Florida adopted the phrase “In God We Trust” as the official motto of their state in 2006, Oklahoma Motto, Inc., believes that “Oklahoma — In God We Trust!” would be both different and legal.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 53RD OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:
THAT the official motto of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be: “Oklahoma — In God We Trust!”.
Of course, there a voice of reason, but he’s no longer in the state legislature:
The state Senate still has to approve the motto but there’s no indication they’re going to come to their senses.
The entire idea of adopting a new motto is a waste of time and a slight to the state’s residents who may not believe in God, said Ryan Kiesel, a former Democratic lawmaker and now the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“I think that this frivolous waste of legislative time takes away from the sincere meaning of our current state motto and discounts the fact that Oklahoma has believers and non-believers alike,” Kiesel said.
Morgan’s been trying to pass this resolution for at least a couple of years now. His 2010 campaign website indicates his desire to push god into government:
I find God in the world around me every day – in the earth beneath my feet and the sky above, and in the hearts of friends and strangers. This past year I thought it fitting to recognize the role of God in our lives, and I introduced a resolution to adopt “In God We Trust” as the official state motto of Oklahoma. Our state has and continues to face turmoil in every conceivable form – from loss and tragedy, illness and disease, to financial upheaval and instability so deep that the light at the end of the tunnel appears lost. In these difficult times I turn to God in prayer, and I feel as though our state can and will regain some balance if it takes its first step forward in faith.
My resolution to adopt the state motto of “In God We Trust” was not heard this past session, but I plan to reintroduce this measure. Going on faith and prayer, I hope to be successful in adopting this motto and honoring the role of God in our lives.
Once again, god has been pushed into an area in which he doesn’t belong.
(Thanks to Beau for the link)