Every Post Office to Display 'In God We Trust'Texas Controversy Spurs USPS to Design Its Own National Motto Poster.
by Allie Martin and Jody Brown
(AgapePress)...A retired engineer in Texas is being credited with prompting the U.S. government to place copies of the national motto in every post office across the country.
Earlier this year, Frank Williamson paid $80 to buy a few posters displaying the national motto, "In God We Trust," for his local post offices in Montgomery County, about 60 miles north of Houston. Last month, postal officials ordered his donated posters be taken down from post offices in Montgomery, Willis, and Dobbin counties. The lone exception was in Cut and Shoot, Texas, where postmistress Ida Miera vowed the poster would only come down over her dead body.
The posters' removal motivated Williamson to write a letter of protest to the Postmaster General. He recently received word of the U.S. Postal Service's decision to design its own poster with the motto and place the phrase in all 38,000 post offices across the country.
Williamson hopes to get the Lone Star State to do something similar. "Here in Texas, we have gone to our local representative and our senators, and asked that they go to Austin this January and pass a resolution that [the motto] should be in every classroom in the State of Texas and in public buildings, and to be funded by private funds," he says.
So why is he doing this? "As I've told people before [when] they ask me what church I'm with or what group I'm with, we're doing this as individuals," he says. "We're patriotic, concerned Christians of this great nation and want our children to know what the national motto is and [that] our country was founded by people who had a trust in God. And only as we continue to trust in God will our nation continue to exist."
The new poster for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is designed to look like a large stamp with a drawing of the Statue of Liberty in the middle and the motto printed above the crown. In a Houston Chronicle report, postal spokesman David Lewin said the USPS wanted to comply with the spirit of a resolution adopted two years ago that supported placing the motto in every public building possible.
Just last week, President Bush signed into law a bill reaffirming references to God in the national motto as well as the Pledge of Allegiance. Without comment, Bush signed the legislation supporting the words "under God" in the pledge and "In God We Trust" as the national motto. Only five members of Congress voted against that legislation -- but enforcement of the ruling has been postponed pending court hearings.