WASHINGTON — Protests by conservative lawmakers led architects to promise to add “In God We Trust” as the national motto and to engrave the Pledge of Allegiance in the new $621 million Capitol Visitor Center.Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, had threatened to delay Tuesday’s opening of the marble-and-stone center that took seven years to build at triple the original cost
After taking a tour of the visitor center in September with Steven Ayers, the architect of the Capitol who oversaw its completion, DeMint correctly noted that it had erroneously described “In God We Trust.” – Latin for “from many, one” – as the national motto rather than “E pluribus unum.”
“We agree in principle to support engraving ‘In God We Trust’ in stone in a prominent location within the Capitol Visitor Center; engraving ‘The Pledge of Allegiance’ in stone in a prominent location … and removing the words ‘Our Nation’s Motto’ from the Unity panel on the Wall of Aspirations of the Exhibition Hall … and replacing it with a new panel,” Feinstein and Bennett wrote to DeMint.
According to Wiki “The motto E Pluribus Unum (“from many, one”) was approved for use on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782. It still appears on coins and currency, and was widely considered the national motto de facto. However, by 1956 it had not been established so by legislation as the official “national motto”. The Congressional Record of 1956 reads: “At the present time the United States has no national motto. The committee deems it most appropriate that ‘In God we trust’ be so designated as U.S. national motto.”
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