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 Physeter on September 23, 2013 at 11:58pm

@SteveInCO - When the new presidential dollar coins came out in Feb. 2007, they had "In God We Trust" written around the edge, along with the date. This wasn't good enough for people, since you could easily look at the coin and NOT see praise to the Almighty. In Dec. 2007 it was changed and the motto went on the front. Now, the coins have to squeeze the name of the president, the label "15th president of the united states", or whichever number, and also the God motto. It leaves the coins looking quite cluttered.

Comment by H3xx on September 24, 2013 at 2:18am


Our fist coin, the colonial coin, had a much better motto on it. The Fugio Cent had the motto MIND YOUR BUSINESS printed on it.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 11:02am

Maybe "Trust No One" should be on our money. ;)

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 11:02am

Or "Trust But Verify."

Comment by Warren on September 24, 2013 at 11:42am

"Trust No One" on our money, I like that, makes sense to me.

Yes I know that we sometimes have to trust someone, but it has to be earned and even then

Comment by SteveInCO on September 25, 2013 at 1:11am

@Physeter and H3xx I agree with both of you.  There are additional interesting facts.

@Physeter, the edge lettering process was new to the US mint when we started doing those presidential dollars.  In some cases a few coins did get out with no edge lettering at all, by mistake.  So in some small number of cases the motto didn't get put on and to THAT extent the yelling that "in god we trust" wasn't on the coins was justified.  Of course, 99.99% of the time the motto WAS there but the idiot fundies never looked on the edge (we aren't used to looking at it in the US), and the commentators and talk radio guys went berserk.  (OF COURSE the fucking motto shouldn't be on our fucking money anyway, so where do they get off screaming about it?)  Because people didn't see the motto on the edge even when it was there, and started running around with their hair on fire, yes indeedy just to shut the motherfuckers up, the mint fucked up the design of those coins.  (Not that they aren't butt ugly to begin with, I've yet to see one with a portrait that isn't just awful.  Way to honor people!)  Anyhow, if I continue to hold back my emotions on this subject, I will probably get an ulcer or have an aneurysm.

@H3xx I don't know of a colonial issue that had that motto on it (and I just flipped through the standard reference), however it appeared on continental currency (i.e., currency authorized by the continental congress) and on the "Fugio" patterns from 1787 (those being the first coins issued by authority of the United States.)  I believe that those 1787 issues were under the old Articles of Confederation.  States were allowed to make coinage under the Articles of Confederation, and coppers were made by many states as a result. as well as gold "Brasher Dubloons" in New York--very expensive today!  The first issues under our present constitution ("Federal coinage") were in 1792 and that motto never appeared on Federal issues that I know of, though "E Pluribus Unum" shows up often.

Back to In God We Trust, I wrote a couple of blog posts here and here on that unhappy subject.

Comment by SteveInCO on September 25, 2013 at 1:13am

Ugh.  "That motto" being "mind your business" twice in the second paragraph above.

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 25, 2013 at 2:56pm

UK = +1UP

Comment by Warren on September 25, 2013 at 3:12pm

Now if our money could endorse science and technology instead of religion and mysticism maybe it would help our country could get it's head out of it's ass.

Comment by Warren on September 25, 2013 at 3:21pm

Of course when government passes a law, it's like pulling teeth to change it, even if it's a bad idea, so many laws like this would be nearly impossible to change to comply with constitutional rules or even common sense.

Beware of letting them make new laws, you might get them.


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