Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3745) 11 years ago
I've been collecting some old currency lately and the majority of the bills are absent the "In God We Trust" motto and it's gotten me thinking.

When was it put there, why was it put there and why is it necessary to have it at all? It doesn't seem to me to be a big deal if it's not there. It doesn't really offend me one way or the other, I just don't see it as being necessary to have it on US Currency.

Actually I think it looks pretty cool without it.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 11 years ago
Because of the pinko-commies, that's why.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 11 years ago
Here you go...the top link will answer your question.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=In+God+we+trust

You're welcome.

[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr (10/25/2010)]
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Posted by Tracy Walters (+302) 11 years ago
If you don't mind it being there, Kyle...why take it off?

The law states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." I don't see that the statement violates the 'Establishment' clause.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9195) 11 years ago
Because it's an exercise in civil religion - whereby it isn't important WHICH God you're trusting in, only that you are willing to affirm that you trust in A God, and therefore you're better than those countries that claim to be made up of atheists.

It's syncretism. It should be offensive to people who believe their faith is distinctive and meaningful.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 11 years ago
It wasn't put on by those nasty deist Founding Fathers. It didn't show up until around the Civil War when everyone was claiming god was on their side.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 11 years ago
Well at least the United States, Florida and Nicaragua have something in common.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17335) 11 years ago
http://www.newyorker.com/...z13TazjS5c

Skousen also challenges the separation of church and state, asserting that "the Founders were not indulging in any idle gesture when they adopted the motto `In God We Trust.' " In reality, the motto that came out of the Constitutional Convention was "E Pluribus Unum": out of many, one. "In God We Trust" came much later; its use on coins was first permitted in 1864, and only in 1955, at the height of the Cold War, did Congress mandate that it appear on all currency. The following year, President Eisenhower-who Welch charged was a Communist agent-approved "In God We Trust" as the national motto.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 11 years ago
The "under god" part of the Pledge of Allegiance also showed up during the Cold War. We had to prove we were better than those godless commies. Personally, I skip the addition to the pledge and recite it the way it was originally written.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 11 years ago
You're such a patriot.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9195) 11 years ago
and recite it the way it was originally written.

Written by a socialist: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...is_Bellamy, maybe even a national socialist: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...amy_salute
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 11 years ago
Yup. Heeheeheehee.
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Posted by AJS (+220) 11 years ago
IN GOD WE TRUST
All others pay cash!
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Posted by Wilbur Cain (+150) 11 years ago
I think it is pretty oblvious why 'God' isn't on money anymore....because of diversity. Don't you guys know that you can't pray or say the pledge 'under God' in schools anymore Well it is the same reason it can't be on the money. You can't have manger scenes at court houses either.
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1905) 11 years ago
Uh. I think God is still on money.

http://www.snopes.com/pol...arcoin.asp

Its still there, Wilbur.

[This message has been edited by Bob Netherton II (11/2/2010)]
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 11 years ago
And the last time I heard a class say the pledge of allegiance (about 3 years ago) they all said "under God". Perhaps if you stopped watching Faux News you'd know this.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 11 years ago
Bob, please don't spoil Wilbur's complaints by pointing out a pesky fact.
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Posted by Mellow (+81) 11 years ago
http://www.poofcat.com/july.html

Red Skelton says it best



[This message has been edited by Mellow (11/3/2010)]
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Posted by Bill Freese (+479) 11 years ago
The motto E Pluribus Unum meaning Out of Many, One referred to how we all come together to form one nation. We maintain our individuality, we are still many, but we work together as one. That is what the founding fathers wanted.

Using the motto In God We Trust as a wedge issue to divide the nation is in exact opposition to the will of those founding fathers.
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Posted by Wilbur Cain (+150) 11 years ago
Well I sure don't see any manger scenes in government places.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5095) 11 years ago
WILLLLBURRRRRRR!
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Posted by Bob L. (+5095) 11 years ago
Wilbur, why should there be manger scenes at courthouses?

Would it not be more appropriate to have a manger scene right down the street, in front of the church?
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1905) 11 years ago
It's OK Wilbur. When you go to a "government place", just be sure you have a pocket full of change. That will protect you.
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