In God We Trust

The National Motto

Family Policy Network has worked to place the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” in public buildings throughout the nation for over a decade. FPN began promoting the National Motto in 2001 by pushing for a Virginia law that requires posting the national motto in publicly owned buildings throughout the Commonwealth. The legislation was defeated that year. However, FPN renewed the efforts in 2002 and saw its proposal to require the motto in public schools signed into law by Governor Mark Warner.

Once the new law took effect, FPN obtained artwork from American Family Association and secured a large contribution from an anonymous donor to underwrite printing several thousand high-quality “In God We Trust” prints, which the group then distributed to every school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. News agencies like The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Virginian-Pilot and The Washington Postreported on FPN’s work to place the motto in over 3,000 schools that year. Since that time, FPN has continued distributing free “In God We Trust” posters for display in public buildings throughout the nation.

Interested parties are encouraged to join FPN’s “In God We Trust” project, as a way to remind citizens of God’s providence in America by helping to place the National Motto in as many public buildings as possible.


  • Encourage your local and/or state officials to adopt a resolution or pass a law to require posting the national motto in public buildings.
  • Obtain written permission from your mayor, city/town council, board of supervisors, etc. to place the poster in governmental buildings throughout your city.
  • Promote the “In God We Trust” project on your website, blog or Facebook profile.
  • Organize a team of volunters to post “In God We Trust” posters in local businesses. Assign areas of your city or town to individual volunteers to obtain permission to post the national motto in their window or lobby (gas stations, beauty salons, retail stores, etc.)
  • Order your poster(s) from FPN. If the poster will be displayed in a public place, you only pay for shipping and handling. Contact FPN to place an order for the posters and FPN will ship them to you.
  • Contribute to FPN to help with this and other projects designed to inform Christians and confront the culture on the important moral issues of the day.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34). Through the display of our national motto in governmental building and local businesses, we will be well served by this daily reminder of God’s provision and protection for our nation.


Motto Bills Face Uphill Battle in Virginia Senate

Three separate bills to encourage and require the display of the National Motto in public buildings are currently working their way through the Virginia Senate. Continue Reading →

Governor Confirms Hostility Toward Religious Conservatives

The following is a transcript of a news story that aired on a Virginia television station on Tuesday, May 21. The story, which was presented by NewsChannel WDBJ-7 in Roanoke during the 11 p.m. broadcast, confirms Governor Mark Warner’s hostility toward Christians who express their opinions in the public square. Continue Reading →

Motto posters going up in schools

An article in the July 15, 2002 Richmond Times-Dispatch explained the role Family Policy Network played in passing Virginia legislation to require posting the National Motto, “In God We Trust” in all public schools. Continue Reading →

Motto May Soon ‘Hit the Road’ in Virginia

FPN enlists Campbell County Delegate to sponsor license plate bill

Motorists in Virginia may soon have a new way to express their faith in God. Transportation Committee members in Virginia’s House of Delegates will begin reviewing legislation today for a variety of new special license plates, including one that would read, “In God We Trust.” Continue Reading →

Motto One Step Closer to ‘Hitting the Road’

Legislation authorizing “In God We Trust” license plates passes Va. House

The Virginia House of Delegates has approved legislation that would create “In God We Trust” specialty license plates for motorists in the Old Dominion. The vote, which took place just one day after the language was rolled into in an omnibus specialty plate bill that is almost certain to pass the full Senate, was 91 to 8. The bill will now be communicated to the Senate for consideration. Continue Reading →

Motto Plates Pass Virginia House and Senate

Legislation authorizing “In God We Trust” goes to Governor’s desk

Virginia’s General Assembly has approved legislation creating “In God We Trust” specialty license plates for motorists in the Old Dominion. The proposal now goes to Governor Mark Warner to be signed into law. Continue Reading →

“In God We Trust” Plates Authorized in Virginia

Christian group working to gather minimum number of 350 pre-orders

The Virginia General Assembly and Governor have approved legislation creating “In God We Trust” specialty license plates for motorists in the Old Dominion. The Division of Motor Vehicles is now authorized to begin printing the plates, but not before 350 pre-paid applications are received by the Forest, Virginia-based Family Policy Network (FPN), the plate’s sponsoring organization. Continue Reading →

Virginia sued over FPN’s “In God We Trust” posters

Myers filed his lawsuit after posters were distributed to schools statewide by the Virginia-based Family Policy Network, a nonprofit Christian advocacy group. The posters feature “In God Continue Reading →

CA School District Approves “In God We Trust” Posters in Every School

The following are excerpts from an November 7, 2007 article appearing in the Los Angeles Times. “Board puts faith in ‘In God We Trust’” By Steve Chawkins, Continue Reading →

US Senator Calls New Capitol Visitor Center Godless

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the opening of the new Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) in Washington, D.C. He recently fought to include prominent displays of our national motto, “In God We Trust,” and the Pledge of Allegiance within the CVC. The Architect of the Capitol has also been instructed to consider the rich faith heritage of our Nation when selecting the content of any future display. Continue Reading →

11/4/11: House Re-affirms “In God We Trust” as National Motto

The US House this week passed a non-binding resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto. The measure sponsored by Representative Randy Forbes of Virginia, Continue Reading →

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11/21/11: US House Endorses “In God We Trust”

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2/10/12: Air Force Office Removes God from Group Motto

Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for “God” from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office. Continue Reading →

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