Rabbi Criticizes NY Congressmen Who Voted Against ‘In God We Trust’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 4, 2011 | 3:46 PM EDT

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D.-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Rabbi Aryeh Spero, president of the conservative Caucus for America, is criticizing two New York congressmen, Democrats Gary Ackerman and Gerald Nadler, who were among only nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted on Tuesday against re-affirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto of the United States.

"As a resident of Great Neck, New York, I am disappointed in Congressman Ackerman‘s vote against our country’s historic motto, 'In God We Trust,'” Rabbi Spero said. Ackerman represents New York’s Fifth Congressional District, which included Great Neck. 

"The belief in God Almighty, who endowed us with a majestic standard of justice, has been the backbone of this country’s success and fairness; the belief in one God Almighty, has been the gift of the Jewish people to the world,” said Rabbi Spero. 

"Congressman Ackerman, as well as Congressman Jerrold Nadler of NYC, both have a view of American life that is out of sync with what the vast majority of our people believe,” said the rabbi.

On Nov. 1, the House voted 396 to 9 for a resolution that reaffirmed "In God We Trust" as the national motto of the United States and encouraged its display in public schools and other government buildings.