Here’s your chance to let the media know where the people stand on our faith in God, as a nation. NBC is taking a poll on whether “In God We Trust” should stay on our American currency.
Please share your view and vote on this important subject. Perhaps you could pass it along to others as well.
Post your view in the comments after you vote.
In God We Trust: The History
The Treasury Department reports that the motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” was added to coins around the time of the Civil War and was associated with increased religious fervor. Salmon P. Chase was the Secretary of the Treasury and he received thousands of requests from believers suggesting that the country express devotion to God by adding this phrase to our money.
The first request came in a letter on November 13, 1861 by Rev. M. R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania. In a letter dated November 20, 1861, Secretary Chase instructed the director of the Philadelphia mint insert the motto:
“Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins. You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition. It was found that the Act of Congress dated January 18, 1837, prescribed the mottoes and devices that should be placed upon the coins of the United States.”
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.” The motto first appeared on our coins in 1864 and by 1909 it was included on most all coins. During the height of the cold war, on July 11, 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 140 making it mandatory that all coinage and paper currency display the motto.
In God We Trust: The Motto
The National Anthem is usually sung with only the first verse. The last stanza of the The Star-Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and later adopted as the national anthem, contains a variation of the phrase which became our motto; “…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.” The words were shortened to In God We Trust.
Urban Legends: Removing The Motto From Our Money
New US dollar coins are being designed without the motto, “In God We Trust.”
According to Snopes.com this legend is FALSE. The motto is inscribed on the edge of the coin but is not omitted.
President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time” and asked ‘Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of God?’”
The Bible says:
“It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).
“It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works” (Psalm 73:28 NKJV).
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