‘In God We Trust‘ has been the motto of the United States of America since 1956, and it replaced ‘E pluribus unum‘ that had been used since 1782, which in Latin means ‘Out of many, one’. In 1956 a law was approved and passed by Dwight Eisenhower which said that ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ must always be on American Currency, but it was first introduced in 1856 on some currency.
So why is it so important?
‘In God We Trust’ was first introduced during the Cold War, at a similar time that ‘Under God’ was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. This was a direct stand against what the U.S considered the dangers of Godless Communism in the Soviet Union.
Was In God We Trust essentially religious propaganda?
It certainly comes across that way, considering the reasoning behind it. It’s an example of America going on the offensive, and what would antagonise a Communist more than bringing God into the picture?
Should it be removed, or is it just people taking things too far, as is it really that important?
Its extremely important as it goes against the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
‘‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
So let’s go back a bit here. Dwight Eisenhower approved a law that means all currency should have ‘In God We Trust’ on it, yet the above quote says ‘Make no law respecting an establishment of religion‘
Excuse my presumptuousness, but isn’t this a law which says that it’s the Christian God which is trusted? It doesn’t say Allah, Vishnu, or Fujin.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense, regardless of their personal faith must know that this phrase has no place in society, due to the diversity of religions and the non-religious. Many Christians say it’s the atheists trying to take apart America again every time someone brings a case forward, and every time it gets rejected they claim a victory. The question here has to be how many of the members of the American judicial system are Christians? One of the most prominent people to keep bringing the case to light is Michael Newdow, and he continually attempts to fight for its removal. But every time he faces a federal judge, are they Christian with an obvious bias, it’s a legitimate question.
There have also been several attempts to remove ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance at the Supreme Court as well as lawsuits against the National currency Motto which have all failed.
ACLJ currently have a petition in place to defend In God We Trust and sadly it has many signatures.