In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.[17] As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution "declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States." The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.[14] (Public Law 84-851)[18] The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: "'In God we trust' is the national motto."
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Comment by Strega on September 22, 2013 at 8:38pm

I didn't know that, Robert.  How appalling! 

Comment by _Robert_ on September 22, 2013 at 8:43pm

It's also my state's motto (Flori-Dah)

Comment by Strega on September 22, 2013 at 8:49pm

How disheartening :(

Comment by Warren on September 22, 2013 at 9:12pm

If they would get rid of that obnoxious motto and the bit on the front about the Federal reserve I might be happy. But they claim the notes are not even "ours" to do what we want with. Who's running this show?

Comment by H3xx on September 22, 2013 at 11:15pm

Would this really be so difficult?

Comment by Physeter on September 23, 2013 at 1:53am

The previous motto was 'E pluribus unum': Out of many, one. Pluralism growing together in solidarity. I see nothing wrong with the old motto.

Comment by _Robert_ on September 23, 2013 at 7:19am

I used to think we would never see a black president in the US in our lifetime. I wonder if an atheist could ever get elected? Maybe if we E pluribus Unum.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on September 23, 2013 at 7:37am

How can putting God on paper money and coins not be objectionable even to the fundies.  Did not Jesus drive the money changers out of the temple?  Does not the Bible say that the love of money is the root of all evil.

Comment by Ed on September 23, 2013 at 10:23am

The invisible theocracy of America; an unending indoctrination.

Comment by SteveInCO on September 23, 2013 at 10:50pm

Some paper money issued well into the 1960s did not have the motto.

The coinage has had it since 1864; it almost immediately ended up on all physically large coins (quarters, halves, dollars, eagles ($10 gold) and double eagles.  Theodore Roosevelt tried to remove it from the eagle and double eagle in 1907, congress passed a law requiring that the motto not ever be removed.  The last holdout was the nickel, which got the motto in 1938.


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