The Role of Religion in America

By Markwayne Mullin U.S. Congressman, 2nd District


It is undeniable that religion provided the moral basis for our country to be founded on. When in Washington, I am often reminded of the religious symbolism built within the walls of various government buildings and monuments across the city. There are several examples of religion inside the U.S. Capitol. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 23 carved portraits of historic figures who handed down laws to their people.

These portraits line the walls of the House floor and depict the lawgivers from the side, except for one. Moses, who faces the Speaker’s dais, is the only figure depicted looking forward and casting his watchful eye toward the legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our country’s laws were built on the Ten Commandments that Moses received from God. Displayed prominently across from Moses is the phrase: “In God We Trust.”


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