Thank you for contacting my office to express your concern regarding historical religious inaccuracies in our nation's Capitol Visitor Center. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I value your views on the important issues facing our Commonwealth and the Nation.
Like you, I believe that the new Capitol Visitor Center needs to incorporate accurate references to our nation's religious history. The Capitol Visitor's Center should exemplify an accurate illustration and representation of our nation's history and the unifying blend of people that embody the United States. As you may know, alongside 108 other Members of Congress, I signed a letter which was sent to the Architect of the Capitol expressing our concerns regarding the inaccurate and incomplete historical religious content in the Capitol Visitor Center, including omission of the current national motto "In God We Trust", factual inaccuracies regarding Capitol church services, and the exclusion of the reference to "religion, morality, and knowledge" in the Northwest Ordinance.
In response to this letter the Committee on House Administration and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee agreed to remove the phrase "Our Nation's Motto" from the plaque describing the engraving of E Pluribus Unum and in turn, "In God We Trust" was engraved in stone in a prominent location within the Capitol Visitor Center. The panel describing the engraving now includes the proper recognition of this phrase as our national motto. The Pledge of Allegiance is now engraved in stone in a prominent location within the Capitol Visitor Center.
Thank you again for sharing your views and opinions with me. Please rest assured, in the 111th Congress I will continue to be a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and Values Action Team in order to make certain our nation's religious history is made known and correctly documented. I am committed to serving you to the best of my abilities. If I can ever be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to call me at (202) 225-4261 or contact me online at: www.wittman.house.gov.
Robert J. Wittman
Member of Congress
So he pretends to agree with me by completely disagreeing with me...
Well, yeah, politicians always reply to legislative commentary with form letters, but you'd think they'd be a little more intelligent about it. At least have a second form letter to send out to people that disagree with your stance...