posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 11:32 PM
These questions are not that black and white.
In God We Trust is the Official United States National Motto. That's one reason why it's still on our money.
The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: "'In God we trust' is the national motto."
Another, is that it's wanted by 90% of Americans. Most Americans do fall under some form of God believing religion. This includes Catholics,
Protestants, Muslims and Hindu.
You have to look at why this phrase was put onto our money to begin with to understand better the politics of removing it or leaving it on.
Words in parenthesis are mine
The phrase appears to have originated in the Star-Spangled Banner, written during the War of 1812. The fourth stanza includes the phrase, "And
this be our motto: 'In God is our Trust.'"
M. R. Watkinson, as part of a campaign initiated by eleven northern Protestant Christian denominations in a letter dated November 13, 1861, petitioned
the Treasury Department to add a statement recognising "Almighty God in some form in our coins." At least part of the motivation was to declare
that God was on the Union side of the Civil War.
(But Congress itself had to back this up) -> Such legislation was introduced and passed on April 22, 1864, allowing the Secretary of the Treasury to
authorize the inclusion of the phrase on one-cent and two-cent coins.
In 1873, Congress passed the Coinage Act, granting that the Secretary of the Treasury "may cause the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to be inscribed on such
The motto has been in continuous use on the one-cent coin since 1909, and on the ten-cent coin since 1916. It also has appeared on all gold coins and
silver dollar coins, half-dollar coins, and quarter-dollar coins struck since July 1, 1908. Since 1938, all US coins have borne the motto.
( That was for coins, now we look how the phrase came to be on paper money)
In 1956, the nation was going through the height of the Cold War. As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution to replace the existing
motto with "In God we trust". The change was partly motivated by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes atheism, and Western
capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian. The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was
progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966. (Public Law 84-851) The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now
states: "'In God we trust' is the national motto."
In 2006, on the 50th anniversary of its adoption, the Senate reaffirmed "In God we trust" as the official national motto of the United States of
America. In 2011 the House of Representatives passed an additional resolution reaffirming "In God we trust" as the official motto of the United
States, in a 396-9 vote. According to a 2003 joint poll by USA Today, CNN, and Gallup, 90% of Americans support the inscription "In God We
Trust" on U.S. coins.
(Even the Muslim and Hindu religions subscribe to this phrase)
Feisal Abdul Rauf, a Muslim imam writes that the phrase “In God we trust” resonates with Islamic teaching, offering two verses from the Qur’an:
"Our Lord, we have indeed heard a Crier calling to faith, saying 'Trust in your Lord, so we have trusted..." (Quran 3:193) or "[The messenger and the
believers] trust in God, in His Angels, His Scriptures, His Books and His Messengers..." (Quran 2:285). Similarly, Melkote Ramaswamy, an Hindu
American scholar, writes that the presence of the phrase “In God we trust” on American currency is a reminder that “there is God everywhere,
whether we are conscious or not.”
So you see, if the phrase were removed, you would have to change the national motto, and tick off a very wide range of people who want this phrase to
stay. Apparently U.S. government as late as 2011 felt this phrase was still valid for our money.
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