IFAS | Freedom Writer | November 1998 | godok.html

Court OKs 'With God all things are possible'

Columbus, Ohio Because it is not a quote from the Bible, Federal Judge James Graham ruled in September that the words of the state motto of Ohio, "With God all things are possible," are permissible to display on state property. He said, "They do not state a principle unique to Christianity. They could be classified as generically theistic." He added that if the motto came from Matthew 19:26, for instance, the motto would favor Christianity over all other religions.

Last year the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the motto as an unconstitutional establishment of religion. Ohio adopted the motto in 1959. Three other states, Florida, South Dakota, and Arizona have the word "God" in their state mottos. Arizona's state motto is in Latin.

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