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I don't know why this was closed. In God We Trust

Should it be taken off the money. I say yes. And please before anyone comes in here with the outdated thinking that this country was founded on Christianity it WASN'T. If you come in here saying that it will be my pleasure to prove you WRONG. Separation of Church and state is guaranteed in the constitution and yet we are not following it. I realize that taking it off right now is the least of our worries but what say you. Stay or go.

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sexy_with_5

Asked by sexy_with_5 at 9:14 AM on Mar. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It was founded on different forms of religous freedom. Maybe not christianity, but the belief in God, no matter what the religion, has made this country.

    I bet many prayers were made to God during those wars for our freedom. I say it stays. That is the way our founders wanted it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Actually anon you are wrong. It wasn't added to any form of the money until the 1800's and it was a sublte reference to the Union believing that God was on their side in the debate for slavery.
    sexy_with_5

    Answer by sexy_with_5 at 9:19 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Almost a century and a half ago, eleven Protestant denominations mounted a campaign to add references to God to the U.S. Constitution and other federal documents. Rev. M.R. Watkinson of Ridleyville PA was the first of many to write a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase in 1861 to promote this concept. 2 Watkinson suggested the words "God, Liberty, Law." 3 In 1863, Chase asked the Director of the Mint, James Pollock to prepare suitable wording for a motto to be used on Union coins used during the Civil War. Pollock suggested "Our Trust Is In God," "Our God And Our Country," "God And Our Country," and "God Our Trust." Chase picked "In God We Trust" to be used on some of the government's coins. The phrase was a subtle reminder that the Union considered itself on God's side with respect to slavery.
    sexy_with_5

    Answer by sexy_with_5 at 9:21 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Ok, the country was founded on Christianity, and if you don't like American currency there are some Mexicans that would love to exchange your dollars for pesos. No, really!
    In God We Trust.
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 9:21 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • I say let it stay. Religious freedom is something this country was founded on and the more and more its taken away (like prayer from school, pledge of allegiance etc) all in the name of seperation of church and state the more we lose what this country was made of. If you dont believe in God then something saying in God we trust shouldnt offend you at all since youre secure enough not to believe in God or a higher power right? But taking rights away from those who do believe in God is offensive and to me hypocritcal and is actually doing exactly what the non believers accuse believers of, shoving their beliefs or lack of them down our throats. Tolerance is a two way street.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 9:21 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Congress passed enabling legislation. Since a 1837 Act of Congress specified the mottos and devices that were to be placed on U.S. coins, it was necessary to pass another Act to enable the motto to be added. This was done on 1886-APR-22. "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" 1908-JUL-1. 3
    sexy_with_5

    Answer by sexy_with_5 at 9:22 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • This country was NOT founded on history akin. It was proven in the other thread and it will be my extreme pleasure to prove it here as well
    sexy_with_5

    Answer by sexy_with_5 at 9:22 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Unlike most governments of the past, the American Founding Fathers set up a government divorced from any religion. Their establishment of a secular government did not require a reflection to themselves of its origin; they knew this as a ubiquitous unspoken given. However, as the United States delved into international affairs, few foreign nations knew about the intentions of the U.S. For this reason, an insight from at a little known but legal document written in the late 1700s explicitly reveals the secular nature of the U.S. goverenment to a foreign nation. Officially called the "Treaty of peace and friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli, of Barbary," most refer to it as simply the Treaty of Tripoli. In Article 11, it states:
    sexy_with_5

    Answer by sexy_with_5 at 9:23 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
    And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

    It was still from war times, I think that there is purpose behind it other than to piss people off.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • THIS is from the actual Treaty of Tripoli Akin. Read and learn for a chance instead of typing and showing your ignorance

    "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
    sexy_with_5

    Answer by sexy_with_5 at 9:24 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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