Black History Frequently Asked Questions Helpful Links
The 104th Psalm by John Quincy Adams Abigail Adams' Letter Abraham Lincoln General Order Abraham Lincoln Portrait & Emancipation Proclamation Aitken Bible The American Bible Society American Bible Society Certificate Signed by John Jay Andrew Carnegie Letter Attempted Capture of John Hancock and Samuel Adams Battle of Trenton Benjamin Rush Letter to Elisha Boudinot Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study Bible Society Reports Black Revolutionary War Soldiers Pay Charles Carroll Letter The Constitution of the United States of America D-Day Prayer Daniel Webster's Letter to the American Bible Society The Death of General Braddock The Declaration of Independence A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools Dwight D. Eisenhower's Inaugural Prayer Election Sermon First American Bible Society Bible The Four Chaplains Card Gen. Eisenhower's D-Day Message General Order Respecting the Observance of the Sabbath Harvard College Charter Jacob Broom Letter James Garfield Letter John Adams Letter to Benjamin Rush John Basilone Magazine Cover John Hancock - A Brief - 1788 John Hart Document John Quincy Adams Graduates from Harvard July 4th Prayer Lew Wallace Manumission - Christopher Johnson - 1782 Manumission - Dorcas - 1837 Manumission - Quaker - 1774 Noah Webster & The Bible Noah Webster Letters Noah Webster's Dictionary Noah Webster's "The Peculiar Doctrines of the Gospel Explained and Defended" Official White House Christmas Ornaments Paying Off the Barbary Pirates Philadelphia Bible Society Bible Philadelphia Bible Society Constitution Pony Express Bible Presidential Christmas Cards Proclamation - Lincoln Day - 1919, Massachusetts Richard Henry Lee Copy of John Adams Letter Robert Smalls Honored with Medal Samuel Chase Document Thomas Jefferson Document Truman Christmas Card 1950 War Bond Posters Washington Reading Prayers in His Camp Webster Regiment Wentworth Cheswell Documents Will of Richard Stockton Woodrow Wilson on the Christian Men's Association WWII Japanese Leaflets WWII Special Orders for German-American Relations
Oration - Pilgrims - 1853 Massachusetts Sermon - American Institutions & the Bible - 1876 Sermon - Artillery - 1847 Sermon - Artillery Election - 1792 Sermon - Artillery Election - 1798 Sermon - Artillery Election - 1803 Sermon - Artillery Election - 1808 Sermon - Artillery Election - 1809 Sermon - Artillery Election - 1853 Sermon - Atlantic Telegraph - 1858 Sermon - Battle of Lexington - 1776 Sermon - Battle of Lexington - 1778 Sermon - Before the Governor and Legislature - 1785 Connecticut Sermon - Before Judges - 1681 Sermon - Bridge Opening - 1805 Sermon - Bridge Opening - 1808 Sermon - Century - 1801 Sermon - Century - 1801 Sermon - Century - 1801 Sermon - Century Church Anniversary - 1814 Sermon - Christianity & Infidelity - 1880 Sermon - Christian Love - 1773 Sermon - Christian Patriot - Boston, 1840 Sermon - Christmas - 1788 Sermon - Christmas - 1818 Sermon - Christmas - 1838 Sermon - Christmas - 1841 Sermon - Christmas - 1843 Sermon - Christmas - 1844 Sermon - Church and Country - 1891 Sermon - Civil War - 1861 Sermon - Commercial Distress - 1837 Sermon - Communism in Churches - c. 1960 Sermon - Death of George Washington - 1800 Sermon - Dueling - 1805 Sermon - Dueling - Albany, 1838 Sermon - Earthquakes - 1755 Sermon - Easter - 1910 Sermon - Election - 1769, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1771, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1775, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1776, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1778, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1780, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1781, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1783, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1784, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1784, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1785, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1785, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1786, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1786, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1787, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1788, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1788, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1789, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1789, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1790, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1790, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1790, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1791, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1791, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1791, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1792, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1792, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1792, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1793, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1793, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1794, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1794, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1796, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1796, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1796, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1797, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1797, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1798, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1798, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1799, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1800, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1800, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1801, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1801, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1802, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1802, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1803, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1803, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1804, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1804, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1805, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1805, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1806, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1806, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1807, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1807, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1808, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1808, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1808, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1809, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1809, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1809, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1810, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1810, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1811, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1811, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1812, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1812, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1812, Vermont Sermon - Election - 1813, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1814, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1814, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1815, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1815, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1815, Vermont Sermon - Election - 1816, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1816, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1816, Vermont Sermon - Election - 1817, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1817, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1818, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1818, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1819, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1820, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1820, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1821, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1822, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1822, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1823, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1823, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1824, Massachusetts Sermon - Election - 1826, New Hampshire Sermon - Election - 1829, Vermont Sermon - Election - 1830, Connecticut Sermon - Election - 1856, Vermont Sermon - Election - 1861, New Hampshire Sermon - Establishing Public Happiness - 1795 Sermon - Eulogy - 1776 Sermon - Eulogy - 1784 Sermon - Eulogy - 1790 Sermon - Eulogy - 1793 Sermon - Eulogy - 1796 Sermon - Eulogy - 1799 Sermon - Eulogy - 1807 Sermon - Eulogy - 1834 Sermon - Eulogy - 1854 Sermon - Execution - 1770 Sermon - Execution - 1796 Sermon - Execution - 1797 Sermon - Execution - 1848 Sermon - Fasting - 1783, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1798 Sermon - Fasting - 1798 Sermon - Fasting - 1798 Sermon - Fasting - 1798 Sermon - Fasting - 1798 Sermon - Fasting - 1798, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1799 Sermon - Fasting - 1799 Sermon - Fasting - 1799, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1801, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1805, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1805, New Hampshire Sermon - Fasting - 1808, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1808, New York Sermon - Fasting - 1809, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1810, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1810, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1810, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1811, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1812 Sermon - Fasting - 1812 Sermon - Fasting - 1812 Sermon - Fasting - 1812 Sermon - Fasting - 1812 Sermon - Fasting - 1812, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1814, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1815 Sermon - Fasting - 1818, Massachusetts Sermon - Fasting - 1832, MA Sermon - Fire - 1840 Sermon - Fire - 1840 Sermon - Fugitive Slave Bill - 1850 Sermon - Fugitive Slave Bill - 1851 Sermon - George Washington's Birthday - 1863 Sermon - Giving - 1877 Sermon - Great Fire in Boston - 1760 Sermon - Hampshire Missionary Society - 1802 Sermon - House of Representatives - 1822 Sermon - House of Representatives - 1822 Sermon - House of Representatives - 1854 Sermon - House of Representatives - 1858 Sermon - House of Representatives - 1860 Sermon - House of Representatives - 1864 Sermon - In Boston - 1814 Sermon - The Infirmities and Comforts of Old Age - 1805 Sermon - Influence of the Gospel upon Intellectual Powers - 1835 Sermon - July 4th - 1794 Sermon - July 4th - 1825, Pennsylvania Sermon - Liberty - 1775 Sermon - Life & Character of Joseph Smith - 1877 Sermon - Living Faith - 1801 Sermon - Loss of Children - 1832 Sermon - Marriage - 1837 Sermon - Memorial Day Sermon - Memorial Day Sermon - Memorial Day - 1875 Sermon - Mexican War - 1848 Sermon - Military - 1755 Sermon - Modern Emigrant - 1832 Sermon - Moral Uses of the Sea - 1845 Sermon - Moral View of Rail Roads - 1851 Sermon - New Planet - 1847 Sermon - New Year - 1799 Sermon - New Year - 1861/ 1862 Sermon - Old Age Improved - 1811 Sermon - Ordination - 1773 Sermon - Ordination - 1779 Sermon - Ordination - 1789 Sermon - Ordination - 1790 Sermon - Ordination - 1793 Sermon - Ordination - 1817 Sermon - Overcoming Evil With Good - 1801 Sermon - People Responsible for Character of Rulers - 1895 Sermon - Perjury - 1813 Sermon - Pilgrims - 1793 Sermon - Pilgrims - 1820 Sermon - Pilgrims - 1827 Sermon - Pilgrims - 1846 Sermon - Prayer - 1799 Sermon - Property Tax - 1816 Sermon - Protestant Episcopal Church Convention - 1792 Sermon - Protestant Episcopal Church Convention - 1799 Sermon - Sabbath Day - 1803 Sermon - Saul Consulting Witch of Endor - 1806 Sermon - Slavery - 1791 Sermon - Snow and Vapor - 1856 Sermon - Society in Cambridge - 1802 Sermon - Society in Saybrook - 1803 Sermon - Solar Eclipse - 1806 Sermon - Stamp Act Repeal - 1766 Sermon - State Prison - 1812 Sermon - Succes Failure in Life - 1833 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1774 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1783 Massachusetts Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1785 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1794 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1795 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1795 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1795 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1795 Massachusetts Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1795 Pennsylvania Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1795 Philadelphia Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1798 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1798 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1798 Connecticut Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1803 Connecticut Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1804 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1804 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1808 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1814 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1815 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1825 Massachusetts Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1827 Yale Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1838 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1850 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1850 Connecticut Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1850 New York Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1852 Massachusetts Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1853 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1862 New York Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1863 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1864 Sermon - Thanksgiving - 1864 Connecticut Sermon - The Voice of Warning to Christians - 1800 Speech - House of Representatives - 1881
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Address - Historical - 1835 Address - July 4th - 1822, Connecticut Address - Why Are You A Christian - 1795 Benjamin Franklin's letter to Thomas Paine Discourse - The Birthday of George Washington - February, 1852 Discourse - July 4th - 1796, Massachusetts Discourse - July 4th - 1798, Connecticut Discourse - Settlement of Cape Cod - 1839 Dissertation - Right & Obligation of Civil Magistrate - 1804 Elias Boudinot's Age of Revelation The Founders As Christians The Founders on Gambling George Washington's Farewell Address "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" Importance of Morality and Religion in Government The Importance of Voting and Christian Involvement in the Political Arena John Jay on the Biblical View of War Letters Between the Danbury Baptists and Thomas Jefferson Oration - Anniversary of Continental Congress - 1874 Oration - Eulogy - 1832 Oration - July 4th - 1787, New York Oration - July 4th - 1796, Massachusetts Oration - July 4th - 1801, Massachusetts Oration - July 4th - 1804 Oration - July 4th - 1808 Oration - July 4th - 1810 Oration - July 4th - 1810, Massachusetts Oration - July 4th - 1812, Massachusetts Oration - July 4th - 1822 Oration - July 4th - 1825, Massachusetts Oration - July 4th - 1826 Oration - July 4th - 1826, Cambridge Oration - July 4th - 1826, Massachusetts Oration - July 4th - 1827, Boston Oration - July 4th - 1831, Boston Oration - July 4th - 1831, Quincy Oration - July 4th- 1837 Oration - July 5th - 1824, Quincy Proclamation - Humiliation and Prayer - 1812 Qualifications for Public Office Report - Missionary Society - 1817 New York Should Christians - Or Ministers - Run For Office? Thomas Paine Criticizes the Current Public School Science Curriculum
The 2010 Election: The News Inside the News 4th of July Article Advancing the Sanctity of the Unborn Life in the Ft. Hood Massacre Affidavit in Support of the Ten Commandments African American History Resources The Aitken Bible and Congress America's Religious Heritage As Demonstrated in Presidential Inaugurations America: A Christian or a Secularist Nation? America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President The American Revolution: Was it an Act of Biblical Rebellion? American Voters and the Abortion Issue Analyzing Legislation An Article V Convention of the States Benjamin Rush Dream about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson The Bible and Taxes The Bible, Slavery, and America's Founders Biblical Christianity: The Origin of the Rights of Conscience A Black Patriot: Wentworth Cheswell Bob Barr Crosses the Line Calling Muslims to the Capitol? Celebrating Thanksgiving In America A Christian Voter Intimidation Letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State Christmas With the Presidents Christmas-As Celebrated by the Presidents Church in the U.S. Capitol Churches And Elections - What Is The Law? Civic Ignorance on Display Confronting Civil War Revisionism: Why The South Went To War Congress, the Culture, and Christian Voting A Constitutional Amendment Restoring Religious Freedom David Barton & the ADL David Barton on President's Day Deconstructionism and the Left Defending The Jefferson Lies: David Barton Responds to his Conservative Critics Did George Washington Actually Say "So Help Me God" During His Inauguration? Echoes of 1860: Is "Life" a Question of State's Rights? Election 2004: A Moral Mandate? Election Resources and Information Electoral College: Preserve or Abolish? Ensuring Judicial Accountability For State Judges Evolution and the Law: “A Death Struggle Between Two Civilizations” Expatriation, Conscience, and a Worthless Oath of Office Federal Judges: Demigods? Five Judicial Myths The Founders And Public Religious Expressions The Founding Fathers on Creation and Evolution The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible The Founding Fathers and Slavery Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention Frequently Asked Questions Futile Intimidation Attempts George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Slavery in Virginia God: Missing in Action from American History A Godless Constitution?: A Response to Kramnick and Moore Guns, Kids and Critics H.RES. 888 Health Care and the Constitution Hiroshima, Obama, and American Morals Historical Accounts of Thanksgiving Hobby Lobby - They Got It Right Homosexuals in the Military Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act How Does Jeremiah 17:9 Relate to the Constitutional Separation of Powers? How to Respond to “Separation of Church and State” How You Can Be Involved Impeachment of Federal Judges In Hoc Anno Domini Is America a Christian Nation? James Madison and Religion in Public The Jefferson Lies: Taking on the Critics John Adams: Was He Really an Enemy of Christians? Addressing Modern Academic Shallownes John Locke – A Philosophical Founder of America John Locke: Deist or Theologian? Judges: Should they be Elected or Appointed? Letter to Pastors about Welfare Comment on Beck Radio Show Limiting an Overreaching Federal Government: Is State Nullification the Solution? The Meaning of Thanksgiving Meet The ACLU MexicoPolicyLetter No Professor Fea, The Founders Did Not Want Ministers to Stay out of Politics "One Nation Under God" Political Parties and Morality Political Parties and Racial Equality Potential Constitutional Problems With H.R. 3590 President Obama’s Misguided Sense of Moral Equivalency Presidential Protestors Don’t Understand America Private Property Rights Resolution Recommended Reading List Religious Acknowledgments in the Capitol Visitor Center Religious Activities at Presidential Inaugurations Republic v. Democracy A Review of A&E’s "The Crossing" Revisionism: How to Identify It In Your Children's Textbooks Sample Letters to the Editor The Separation of Church and State Solving the Pledge of Allegiance Controversy Stansbury's Elementary Catechism on the Constitution (1828) Statement: David Barton on The Jefferson Lies Steps for Viewing Candidates Scorecards The Story of the Star Spangled Banner Taking On The Critics A Tale of Two Constitutions Ten Commandments Displays Ten Steps To Change America Tea Parties- Same Song, Second Verse Testimony of David Barton on Global Warming Testimony on Global Warming Thomas Jefferson and Religion at the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: The Search for Truth Treaty of Tripoli Unconfirmed Quotation: Franklin Principles of Primitive Christianity Unconfirmed Quotations War on God in America Was George Washington a Christian? The White House Attack on Religion Continues: Repealing Conscience Protection Who are the Racists and when did they Switch Political Parties? Why Christians Must Vote in This Election Your Vote Counts Video
A Soldier and a President 2011 Election Information 2011 ProFamily Legislators Conference Abraham Lincoln Addressing Mass Murder and Violent Crime America's Founders at College The American Bible Society American History: Bachmann v. Stephanopoulos Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader? The Barbary Powers Wars The Battle of Baltimore Bibles and the Founding Fathers Black Soldiers in the Revolution Brave Soldiers of the Cross A Call to Action Celebrate Columbus Day! Celebrate Constitution Day! Celebrate with Prayer! Celebrating Abigail Adams Celebrating Black History Month: The Rev. Francis J. Grimke Celebrating the Constitution Celebrating First Amendment Rights Christmas Message from Wartime Christmas Resolutions (2007) Christmas with the Presidents Congressional Prayer Caucus Conscience Protection Amendment - Call Your Senator Today! Conscience Protection Amendment Update The Constitution and a Duel - What do they have in Common? The Constitution and the Minority - What Does it All Mean? The Cost of Signing the Declaration of Independence The Courts and Religion: Are they Inimical? Daniel Webster: The Defender of the U.S. Constitution The Declaration Racist? Ha! Deconstructionism Dr. Benjamin Rush Draftsman of the Declaration A Family's Enduring Political Legacy The Finger of God on the Constitutional Convention Flying High The Founders on the Second Amendment Founding Fathers on Prayer The Four Chaplains Free to Speak George Washington First Becomes a National Leader George Washington's Birthday Getting Out the Vote A God-Given Inalienable Right A God-Given Inalienable Right Under Direct Attack A Great Price Paid Happy Easter! Happy Fourth of July! Happy Fourth of July! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! The Heart Shield Bibles of World War II Hiroshima, Obama, and American Morals An Historic Look at Easter Historical Account of Thanksgiving Honor America's Veterans Honor a Veteran! How much do you know about the Constitution? In God We Trust Inspiring America: Nathan Hale Islamic Terrorism: Two Hundred Years Old? It Happened in March The Jefferson Lies John Dickinson John Quincy Adams - Abolitionist, President, & Father Join the Black Robe Regiment today! The Lesser Known Boudinot Martin Luther King, Jr. The Mayflower and Presidents - What do they have in common? Memorial Day National Bible Week 2007 NBC's "George Washington" and Spielberg's "Lincoln" Noah Webster On This Day In History: July 29, 1775 On This Day in History: June 28, 1787 The Pony Express The Power of the Pulpit President Eisenhower's One Nation Under God Presidents Day The Pulpit Initiative Read the Bible! The Real Story Behind Old Glory Register Congregations to Vote! Religious Freedom Day Religious Freedom Sunday Remember the "date which will live in infamy" this Christmas Season Remembering Pearl Harbor Remembering Pearl Harbor Remembering the Reason for Christmas The Response: A Call to Prayer For a Nation in Crisis The Response: An Historic Event Restoring Courage: Standing in Solidarity With Israel Ringing of the Liberty Bell Sam Houston Sanctity of Human Life Day Science and the Glory of God Secretary of the Continental Congress Charles Thomson A Secular Oath? A Southern View of Black History? The State of the Union Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Test Your Knowledge: John Quincy Adams Thanksgiving 2007 Their Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor: Richard Stockton This Day in History: D-Day This Day in History: Star Spangled Banner This Week in History: 1775 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - A Forgotten History? The Truth about Columbus United States Navy Vindicating American Exceptionalism The Webster Regiment What do you know about Naphtali Daggett? Which President earned the nickname "Old Man Eloquent"? Who Led the Plymouth Pilgrims? Who Was Charles Carroll? Who was the "Father of the Revolution"? Who was known as “First in war, First in peace, First in the hearts of his countrymen”? Women Heroes Women Who Shaped History World Trade Center Cross
Voter Resources


Sign up for our Mailing List!
Back to Issues and Articles
Download PDF

Religious Acknowledgments in the Capitol Visitor Center
David Barton - 12/17/2009

Religious Acknowledgments
in the Capitol Visitor Center

by David Barton

In the 1990s, the construction of a U. S. Capitol Visitor Center (a structure separate from but attached to the U. S. Capitol) was proposed to better control the flow of tourists throughout the Capitol building. The official ground-breaking ceremony occurred in June 2000, but following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was a renewed emphasis on building the Center as a means to provide better security at the Capitol and protect Members of Congress. (Prior to 9/11, the Capitol was open day or night to any citizen who wanted to enter.)

In August 2002, construction began on the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), and in 2004, we were asked by leading Members of Congress to help them monitor the content of the hundreds of displays and exhibits in the proposed CVC. Those leaders understood the importance of presenting accurate information throughout the CVC, for 15,000 people go through the Capitol each day, including thousands of school children.

We were given full access to the proposed content for the CVC and we closely monitored those materials, filing regular reports with congressional leadership. We found much objectionable content including not only inaccurate historical facts but especially a deliberate omission and even censoring of the rich religious history of the Capitol. An astute government researcher accurately noted that historical omission is one of the most effective means of producing a slanted bias:

[L]iberal and secular bias is primarily accomplished by exclusion. . . . Such a bias is much harder to observe than a positive vilification or direct criticism, but it is the essence of censorship. It is effective not only because it is hard to observe (it isn’t there) and therefore hard to counteract, but also because it makes only the liberal, secular positions familiar and plausible.

We detailed for the congressional leaders the many omissions and the liberal left secular bias evident across the hundreds of displays in the CVC. Much of the objectionable content was changed and the inaccurate material corrected – until congressional leadership changed following the 2006 elections. Since that time, there has been a full reversion to the liberal bias and historically inaccurate content originally evident in the displays.

Several House Members intervened with specific attempts to correct some of those problems – including former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), who in October 2007 introduced HR 3908:

To direct the Architect of the Capitol to ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the national motto “In God We Trust” are each displayed prominently in the Capitol Visitor Center on a permanent basis and to prohibit the Architect from removing or refusing to include language or other content from exhibits and materials relating to the Capitol Visitor Center on the grounds that the language or content includes a religious reference or Judeo-Christian content.

The new congressional leadership refused to act on her bill – or to act on additional recommendations offered by other Members.

Those Members therefore concluded that the general public needed to be made aware of the situation within the CVC so that they could apply pressure to Congress. To that end, in early July 2008, we began work on an 8-minute video to highlight some of the many problems with the CVC. (That short video – “The War on God in America” – can be viewed on YouTube or at

While working on that DVD, on July 23, 2008, we were asked to give a formal briefing about the problems within the CVC to a group of several dozen House Members. Eight days later on July 31, 2008, 108 House Members sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol (responsible for the construction of the CVC), expressing their deep concern over what they saw (or rather, what they did not see) in the CVC, explaining:

We have been troubled to learn in recent weeks that some aspects of the new CVC – including displays, videos, and historic interpretations – may be historically incomplete and reflect an apathetic disposition toward our nation’s religious history. . . . It is clear that those who designed and developed the displays produced products excluding any significant references to God or faith. . . . In fact, not only is our national motto, “In God We Trust,” not a central theme of the CVC, it has been totally excluded from any effective presentation. . . . Some omitted facts are so glaringly obvious that to exclude them offers a distorted view of American history that is not acceptable to us and that we believe will ultimately not be acceptable to the American taxpayers. None of us should want to construct a $621 million shrine to political correctness that does not accurately reflect a significant part of American history.

Under this growing pressure, the Architect promised to make changes – including the addition of the National Motto. Amazingly, the part of the Visitor Center designed to replicate the actual House Chamber omitted its prominent phrase “In God We Trust,” even though it’s boldly displayed in the actual House Chamber (and it is also displayed in the actual Senate Chamber). However, despite the promises, no changes were made by the Architect. (The Architect had previously been a central figure in the national controversy about prohibiting the word “God” from the personal flag certificates that Members of Congress award to individuals to commemorate notable achievements and events.)

Shortly after that letter was sent to the Architect, our “War on God in America” video was released. Many Members posted it on their own websites and even showed it at town hall meetings to urge citizens to put pressure on congressional leadership. Media stories and viral marketing also spread the word, thus further increasing the public pressure. In September 2008, an opportunity finally arose in Congress to make positive changes.

When the CVC was originally proposed in the 1990s, it was projected to be a $71 million structure. By 2000, the proposed price had risen to $265 million, and when construction finally began in 2002, the predicted price tag had soared to $368 million, with construction to be finished in 2004. However, construction was not finished until late 2008, and the price tag was $621 million – four years late and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. Because of the numerous cost overruns, the CVC repeatedly returned to Congress seeking more money, and in September 2008 they sought the final monies necessary to finish the facility and open it to the public in December 2008. Additionally, HR 5159 was introduced to transfer the permanent administrative authority over the CVC from the congressional oversight committees and move it to the Architect of the Capitol. This situation offered Members an opportunity to leverage positive changes in the CVC.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), supported by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), placed a hold (that is, a complete stop) on the CVC transfer bill unless specific positive additions regarding religious content were made. Although Senate leadership warned DeMint that “Delaying the opening of the CVC has serious security implications . . . [and] significant financial consequences,” Sen. DeMint held firm.

On September 25, 2008, DeMint agreed to release the measure if (1) the National Motto and the Pledge of Allegiance were engraved in stone in the CVC, and (2) the errant declaration was removed that E Pluribus Unum was the national motto. On September 26, Senate leadership agreed to his terms (although complaining that adding the National Motto and the Pledge would cost an additional $150,000). Having achieved this victory, on September 27, Sen. DeMint took to the Senate floor to announce the agreement and highlight some of the problems within the CVC:

In touring the CVC, I found the exhibits to be politically incorrect, left leaning, and secular in nature. The secular aspects were especially surprising because of the deep connection between faith and the Capitol and our Judeo Christian traditions. . . . The first thing you are confronted with once you have entered the CVC is the phrase “E. Pluribus Unum” engraved in stone above a mockup of the Capitol dome. A panel next to the dome describes E. Pluribus Unum as our Nations’ motto. This is not only completely false but also offensive to the 90 percent of Americans who approve of our Nation’s actual motto “In God We trust,” signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. Unfortunately, nowhere in the CVC will you find the words “In God We Trust” engraved in stone. The acknowledgment of God and our Nation’s motto has been left out of the CVC. In fact, the massive replica of the House Chamber omits the “In God We Trust” from above the Speaker’s chair. We are now told they are planning to fix this “mistake,” but on my tour 2 days ago, it was still missing. Also missing are the words to our Pledge of Allegiance – the only words spoken each morning by both Chambers of Congress.

The Architect of the Capitol, under increasing pressure and media attention, finally relented and placed “In God We Trust” in pinned bronze letters above the section in the Visitor Center designed to replicate the actual House Chamber.

Over on the House side, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) declared that the CVC was a “$600 million dollar godless pit,” and the108 Members of the House who had earlier written the Architect of the Capitol authorized Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) – head of the Congressional Prayer Caucus – to negotiate on their behalf with House leadership. On September 26, 2008, Randy laid out their demands for the CVC, explaining:

As Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, I am writing on behalf of over 100 Members of Congress who recently contacted the Acting Architect of the Capitol sharing our concerns about the historical inaccuracies in the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Specifically, we are concerned about the lack of content that accurately represents our nation’s religious history and the principles on which our nation was founded. . . . We are requesting that the following changes be made to the new CVC before it opens on December 2, 2008:
  • That the phrase “Our Nation’s Motto” be removed from the plaque describing the engraving of E. Pluribus Unum;
  • That “In God We Trust” be engraved in stone in a prominent location within the CVC and that the panel describing the engraving include the proper recognition of this phrase as our national motto;
  • That the Pledge of Allegiance be engraved in stone in a prominent location within the CVC;
  • That there be a significant permanent display of religious history in the U. S. Capitol, reflecting the rich tradition that prayer, acknowledgment of God, and Judeo-Christian traditions have played throughout the history of the Capitol, and comparable in size relative to other themed displays; and
  • That there be an ongoing effort to investigate and correct historical inaccuracies throughout the Center.

On October 1, 2008, Randy submitted eight essential items to be included in the permanent display on the Judeo-Christian religious history in the Capitol, including:

    1. History of the Chaplaincy of the House and Senate, to include a list of the chaplains who have served and the different faith backgrounds of each.

    2. History of the Capitol as a Church, including the fact that (1) religious services took place in the Capitol when Congress was in session and was an official function of Congress, and (2) that in 1867 the Capitol was the largest church in Washington with 2000 people attending weekly.

    3. A list of the “firsts” who preached or prayed at the Capitol and excerpts of their text, such as: Dorothy Ripley – first woman to preach in the Capitol (1806) [President Jefferson was in attendance]; Bishop John England – first Catholic to preach in Capitol (President John Quincy Adams present, 1826); Morris Raphall – first Jewish Rabbi to open the House in prayer (1860); Henry Highland Garnet – first African American to speak in Congress, and he preached a sermon…just two weeks after the 13th Amendment passed (February 12, 1865);

    4. “God Bless America” sung in unison by the Members of Congress on the steps of the Capitol on 9-11 after the terrorist attacks.

    5. Photos/reference to Members reading during the Annual Bible Reading/National Day of Prayer events;

    6. Congressional Resolutions Requesting Presidential Proclamations for days of Thanksgiving and Prayer (Washington and Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamations);

    7. The Aitken Bible of 1782 – “Bible of the Revolution” (with an informational placard explaining that it is the first English Bible printed in America and the first Bible ever to be printed as an Act of Congress);

    8. Lincoln’s Bible and his 2nd Inaugural address next to the table at his side during the speech.

On October 2, 2008, House leadership agreed to Randy’s demands (just as the Senate had agreed to Sen. DeMint’s demands), but when the CVC opened two months later on December 2, 2008, still nothing had been done – the engravings had not been added, nor was there a permanent display of Judeo-Christian influence in the history of the Capitol.

National media outlets (such as The Washington Post, The Hill, National Review, The Washington Times, the Seattle Times, and many others) covered the CVC opening and talked candidly about its anti-religious bias and historical content problems. Senator DeMint also issued a press release that strongly criticized the CVC for ignoring its agreement to include the National Motto and the Pledge of Allegiance. He noted that the new structure “fails to appropriately honor our religious heritage that has been critical to America’s success. . . . You cannot accurately tell the history of America or its Capitol by ignoring the religious heritage of our Founders and the generations since who relied on their faith for strength and guidance. . . . The CVC’s most prominent display proclaims faith not in God, but in government.” Many pro-family groups (including the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and others) also spread the word; citizens responded and called congressional leaders, but still nothing happened.

On May 20, 2009, Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) quietly introduced a measure (very similar to Marilyn Musgrave’s original 2007 proposal) that would embody the agreements reached by the Senate and the House regarding the engravings in the CVC (at least 160 other Members of the House co-signed his measure). Working diligently with leaders of a few specific committees, but in a low-key unpublicized manner, Dan was able to garner agreement in both the House and Senate to pass H.Con.Res.131: “Directing the Architect of the Capitol to engrave the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the National Motto of `In God we trust’ in the Capitol Visitor Center.” That measure was approved by the House on July 9, 2009, and by the Senate on July 10, 2009. (Because it was not a public law but only a decision by Congress of the policy to be followed within its own building, the measure did not require the president’s signature.)

As soon as the measure passed, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (located in Madison, Wisconsin) promptly filed suit in federal court to prevent the phrases from being inscribed inside the CVC. However, on September 21, 2009, the day that the Architect of the Capitol was officially served with the lawsuit, the phrase “One Nation Under God” had already been finished. And before the lawsuit was scheduled for trial before a federal judge, by November 25, the Pledge of Allegiance had also been engraved inside the CVC. Consequently, if any federal judge orders those phrases to be removed, they will literally have to tear down part of the CVC in order to remove the acknowledgments of God from the building! Many have joked about how Washington, D. C. would have to be sandblasted if the acknowledgment of God were ever ordered removed from public buildings, and the CVC is now another in the already long list of such structures (e.g., the Library of Congress, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Memorial, the White House, the federal courts building, the U. S. Supreme Court, Union Station, etc.).

The Capitol Visitor Center is the latest in a lengthy tradition of federal buildings in Washington, D., C., including public acknowledgments of God. The fact that this tradition has continued is due to the hard work and committed leadership of several Members of Congress in both the House and Senate, including Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Dan Lungren, and others.

This site belongs to WallBuilders, LLC, a Texas Limited Liability Corporation | PO Box 397 | Aledo, Texas | 76008 | (817) 441-6044 | Contact Us
powered by   |   design by Blepo.   Terms and Conditions  Privacy Policy