Chuck Norris

Despite atheists' attempts to keep our national motto ("In God We Trust") from being engraved on the walls of the new 580,000-square-foot Capitol Visitor Center, the inscription was indelibly etched recently in large, bold and deep letters. And the Pledge of Allegiance soon will follow.

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It's about time that good news came out of Washington. But this shouldn't be shocking news or even a contested matter. For the very words of the national motto are inscribed on our currency. They even are etched above the speaker's rostrum in the House of Representatives.

Only in our modern age have skeptics and secular progressives fought God in America. Religious inscriptions on Washington's other buildings testify to yesteryear's commitment to our Judeo-Christian heritage.

For example, in front of the Reagan Building is a statue titled "Liberty of Worship," which is resting on the Ten Commandments.

On the aluminum capstone at the very top of the Washington Monument are the chiseled words "Laus Deo" (Latin for "Praise be to God").

A statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments is in the rotunda of the Library of Congress.

In addition to the words "In God We Trust" within the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, is it just a coincidence that Moses is the central figure and the only frontal-depiction bas-relief looking down on Congress of 23 reliefs of great historical lawgivers?

A stained-glass window in the chapel of the U.S. Capitol depicts George Washington with the words of Psalms 16:1 written around him and the words "This Nation Under God" above his head.

The Ten Commandments also are displayed on the floor of the National Archives, just 100 feet or so in front of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The prayer of President John Adams, the first president to occupy the White House, was inscribed on the mantel in the State Dining Room: "I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."

And Moses and/or the Ten Commandments are depicted a whopping 64 times on the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Chuck Norris

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