Appeals Courts have repeatedly supported such traditional, patriotic and ceremonial phrases. Public Law 140, requiring the motto on all U.S. Coins and paper money, was introduced in the 84th Congress and signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955. A year later, Eisenhower signed another bill formally establishing “In God We Trust” as the national motto.
Half a century before “In God We Trust” first debuted on a U.S. Coin, a similar phrase turned up in a poem written during the War of 1812 by lawyer-patriot Francis Scott Key. That poem soon became the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which was proclaimed the official national anthem in 1931. The following words are in the fourth stanza and provide a link between the official national motto and the official national anthem:
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
Who would rule that the words “In God is our trust” from our patriotic national anthem – which is played ceremonially before many public events – or that our national motto, "In God We Trust," can’t be used on banners or speeches used at those events?
“In God is our trust” is similar to “God our trust” which was one of the three mottos seriously considered on pattern coins for the 1864 two cent piece. The mint finally used “In God We Trust.”