Should We Keep "In God We Trust"?

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In God We Trust - Faith and FactsHere’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.

“In God We Trust” poll

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:

In God We Trust - Faith and Facts “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 MoneyIn God We Trust - Faith and Facts

New US dollar coins are being designed without the motto, “In God We Trust.”

According to 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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64 Responses to “Should We Keep "In God We Trust"?”

  1. If it were true in our nation that “In God We Trust”, there would be few SUVs and big-screen TVs, less swearing on television, and more of those pieces of US currency that currently claim that “In God We Trust” making their way to the coffers of United Way and Second Harvest and all the other reputable charitable organizations. We’d find a way to either help our brothers and sisters in Mexico and other countries where those less fortunate than us live or we would welcome refugees into our country with open arms instead of doing everything to make them not feel welcome.

    If it were true in our nation that “In God We Trust:, we’d be respectful of the duly elected President of the United States and welcome him addressing and encouraging the young students of our country instead of turning into a political spectacle. We’d be outraged that a member of the U.S. Congress would stand-up in OUR nation’s Capital building and scream “You liar!” at the duly elected President.

    No, clearly, in God we do not trust.

    Have you noticed that those who use to ask “What would Jesus do?”, don’t ask that question anymore? Perhaps they don’t want to know the real answer.

  2. no you shouldnot remove it. we indians always look at america and say that God is with america .all kinds of people live there but if only the christins live like christians of old then there would be no problems . the greatest problem is too much of freedom.

  3. So many people did not do like Huntly Brown, You can tell his letter is from the Heart.a sincere Christian man. amen and amen. How I wish I could shake this mans hand. I know that will not mean much to a;ot of people~but it should~ I was raised that no is no,yes is yes and a hand shake sealed his word. Sounds like my kind of friend. NOTE!! Huntley said ” I’m a black man, But being a Cheistian is who I am. WOW what a Victory,What vote for our Lord Jesus Christ. Our President has gone back on his word~lied to the public [ remember no PORK and supports abortion Does’t take a person long to figure out who to vote for Right???
    Huntley I do not know how to track down e-mai;s .If you do track mine down This 80 year old whie person, who serbed our country and would again m would be honored. Until CHRIST returns Amen and Amen.

  4. i think it is stupid to take it off.
    i stand by it.
    yall are stupid

  5. There is no God and it was the dragons that created you and i think In God We Truth could be The Dragons we truth

  6. Keeping the faith even if it’s in a material thing like money!


  8. In god we trust was added in the 1950’s due to Christian efforts to hijack the government.

  9. @Brandon – you should read the article. While it was the result of religious emphasis, the motto was first added during the Civil War.

  10. Hear me out before jumping to conclusions and skipping reading this. As and atheist, I believe in taking God off of the money. BUT! I am proud to live in a country where many people with many different beliefs can live together in harmony. So I say: believe in God or don’t. If you do, wear it on your shirt. Paint your car and house so all know your beliefs. Get a tattoo and show it to everyone you meet, I don’t care. Just respect our rights to not believe and don’t make others use your words. Besides, is it really showing your faith if others who don’t share that faith use it too?

  11. Fantastic content and seriously aids with learning the subject much better.

  12. Personally, it doesn’t matter one way or another. Believers in a God and atheists all use the money. What words are imprinted have absolutely no bearing on how we use the money or how we think about God or no god. Lets pick our battles; this is not one I care to even think about beyond this email.

    BTW – I agree totally with Paotie!

  13. This is a no-brainer. “In God we trust” on our currency and “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance are clearly violations of the First Amendment. The only reason one might not realize this, is bias. How would religious people feel if the currency said “In God we don’t trust?” It would feel like a slap in the face, right? That’s how atheists feel. Having the “don’t trust” version vs. the “trust” version are legally identical, because they both consist of the government making a declaration in regard to religious belief. Our government has no business declaring trust in supernatural beings. What we are supposed to trust in as a nation is the power of democracy. Individuals are free to believe in gods or not—that is our personal business, not the business of state. Unfortunately, some admirable Americans who have filed suits to reverse this injustice have been had death threats.

  14. To those of you who say our country was founded on God- it wasn’t. Read the article. The phrase was added to money during the civil war, 100 years after our country was founded. Read some Thomas Jefferson quotes about relgion.