Sep 16, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
Ok you've gotten your wish - well partly at least
MSUBioNerd saidUm, how? If you read the full entry, you'll note that "In God We Trust" has moved back to the front of $1 coins from 2009 onward.
So, for 2 years, a small number of coins that most people will never use in circulation had the phrase phemt objects to stamped on the edge, rather than on the front; this placement was already obsolete as the time of the thread's posting. And this mean he's partially gotten his wish?
ok i admit - i didn're read the whole article
ActiveAndFit saidI am glad they mentioned some historical fact - that "in God we trust" was only added in the 50's (during the whole McCarthy witch-hunt era). The original our founding fathers put in place was "E Pluribus Unum" - much better = "out of many one" I think everyone could benefit from the notion that we can be different but still come together.
phemt saidI thought "In God We Trust" was added on U.S. Currency after the Civil War. The logic being that the war was God's punishment for leaving God out of the Constitution. The "One Nation Under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance during the 1950s to show that the US is not a Godless country -- like the Soviets.It was added as the "national motto" in the 1950's the addition to the coin before that was after the civil war, but it was sporadic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_TrustIn God We Trust is the official motto of the United States and the U.S. state of Florida. The motto first appeared on a United States coin in 1864 during strong Christian sentiment emerging during the Civil War, but In God We Trust did not become the official U.S. national motto until after the passage of an Act of Congress in 1956. It is codified as federal law in the United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, which provides: "In God we trust" is the national motto".However it was not mandatory until:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust#Use_on_currencyLegislation approved July 11, 1955, made the appearance of "In God We Trust" mandatory on all coins and paper currency of the United States.
phemt saidThat clears up the history I thought the coin thing was "offical" after the Civil war. You are right it wasn't "offical" till 1950s. Isn't the internet greatWikipedia covers its pretty well, it was indeed present before the 1950's but wishy washy and there was actually other mottos considered. I think what is interesting is that people seem to get religious during and after wars as you can see. And of course the the fear that McCarthyism brought was used in political ways just as it has been done recently.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust#Use_on_currencyAmerican presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt strongly disapproved of the idea of evoking God within the context of a "cheap" political motto. In a letter to William Boldly on November 11, 1907, President Roosevelt wrote: "My own feeling in the matter is due to my very firm conviction that to put such a motto on coins, or to use it in any kindred manner, not only does no good but does positive harm, and is in effect irreverence, which comes dangerously close to sacrilege... it seems to me eminently unwise to cheapen such a motto by use on coins, just as it would be to cheapen it by use on postage stamps, or in advertisements."Ironic that a religion that once spoke of the evils of greed and the love of money ends up putting their God on it