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Is the inclusion of "under God" in the pledge and "in God we trust" on money representative of our history? Or is it meant to express majority belief?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:35 PM on Feb. 25, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The "under God" was added to the pledge in 1954. Around the same time "In God we trust" was added to the money. It's very recent history. This was a response to the "Red Scare" anti-communism movement at the time. Communism at the time was thought to go hand-in-hand with atheism. Essentially, propaganda -- exploiting the majority faith in a single God to maintain our capitalist republic.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 3:40 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • It was expressing the belief at the time.

    Note: Under God wasn't a part of the original pledge, it was added later
    AissasMom

    Answer by AissasMom at 3:40 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • I believe that it expresses both. Both occurred during a time when Christianity was the predominant religion in the United States. The Pledge of Allegiance was written shortly after the Civil War, when both the Union and the Confederacy were largely comprised of Christians. So both are representative of the history AND the majority belief of Americans at the time.
    neebug3766

    Answer by neebug3766 at 3:44 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • Actually "In God we trust" was added to coins first during the Civil War.


    There are coins with that motto on it dating back to 1864

    AissasMom

    Answer by AissasMom at 3:44 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • "In God we trust" was off and on on coins, before the 50's just not all the time, on all the coins.

    Yes making it official was a part of the anti-communist movement, but it also comes from our history. Francis Scott Key wrote the recommendation for "In God is our trust" to be our national motto in the 4th verse of the national anthem.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • I think it is a reflection of our history, even if it was added after the fact!
    Rebecca727

    Answer by Rebecca727 at 5:18 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • I don't believe it represents our history, just the majority that want to believe it is our history.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:33 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

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