The United States was founded in 1776, and for 180 years our country's motto was "E Pluribus Unum," which is Latin for "Out of Many, One."
In 1956, our national motto was changed to "In God We Trust," in a knee-jerk reaction against 'godless communism.' That, and the addition of "under God" in the Pledge of allegiance a few years earlier, were moves made in an attempt to link patriotism with religious piety, to distinguish us from the Soviets.
But here's the problem - The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment clearly states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
By changing our motto and pledge to include the Judeo-Christian concept of God, we blatantly 'respected' the Jewish and Christian establishments - a clear violation.
By signing this petition on the official White House website, you can help let our politicians know that being patriotic and being religious are two separate things entirely. Our founding fathers clearly desired separation of church and state - and to include the Judeo-Christian concept of God in such a way is unacceptable.