SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: “Freedom From Religion Foundation Objects to Religious Quotations on U.S. Passports”

Passport quotesThe Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the U.S. State Department on July 25 to object to religious quotations printed on official United States passports. FFRF has been protesting religion in passports since 2007.

FFRF, a state/church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., is a national nonprofit with more than 19,000 members across the country.

Multiple quotes on the United States passport include religious references:

“May God continue the unity of our country as the railroad unites the two great ocean of the world.” Inscribed on the Golden Spike

“That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” Jefferson Memorial, Thomas Jefferson

“We have a great dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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