Tuesday, November 28, 2006

"In God We Trust" Moved From Face To Edge Of New $1 Coins

WorldNet Daily reported yesterday that the new presidential dollar coins to be released next month will no longer have the motto "In God We Trust" on the face of the coin. Instead the motto will be moved to the thin edge of the new gold-colored dollars, as will the minting date and the motto "E Pluribus Unum". (Artist's rendering of the coin.) The U.S. Mint says the change will permit larger portraits of the presidents on the face of the coins. Some conservatives have found more sinister motives. Judicial Watch's blog, Corruption Chronicles, headlined its posting on this "US Mint Appeases Atheists".

The new dollar coin series will be issued over several years. Each three months, a gold-tinted dollar portraying a different president will be issued. The reverse side of each coin portrays the Statute of Liberty, replacing the word "Liberty" now on all coins. [Thanks to Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars for the information.]


Anonymous said...

In my view, the legislation requiring the motto is unconstitutional and should be repealed. "In God We Trust" not only is false, but is a distinctly religious message being espoused by government.

David said...

Since when is government not allowed to be religious? The only thing thing the government can't do is establish one religion over another. Back when the founders forged this country Germany had Lutheranism as its state church, Spain and others were Catholic, and in England was the Anglican Church of England. The founders saw that those who put one church as an official religion over others often caused persecution. Athiests in this country are not put to death over their lack of faith in their Creator! If you have any rights in this country it's because the founders believed in "Inalienable rights endowed by the Creator"! If you cut that out of our country then it because "alienable rights granted by the government"! That's not how the United States of America was founded!

Anonymous said...

Hmm...lets see. The First Amendment states that government cannot be religious. It's called the Separation of Church and State. It's not allowed. They should take In god We trust off our coins.

Anonymous said...

Let's see- it says:
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I think it says it fairly well- Congress is not to have control over religion or the FREE practice thereof. Let's see, there's more:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
mmmm- "endowed by their Creator with certain inherent andinalienable rights"- sounds like they just might have believed in God.

Anonymous said...

I agree with "Let's see- it says:

It doens't require anyone to believe or practice religion specifically nor castigate them for not doing so- and some folks' god is their car, their job, or even their own body! So, choose your own God, but I think it well to do so carefully and wisely. You know, just in case.