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In God We Trust.... Act of Congress, approved on April 11, 1864

July 13 2011 at 8:04 PM
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In God We Trust

From Treasury Department records it appears that the first suggestion that God be recognized on U.S. coinage can be traced to a letter addressed to the Secretary of Treasury from a minister in 1861. An Act of Congress, approved on April 11, 1864, authorized the coinage of two-cent coins upon which the motto first appeared.

The motto was omitted from the new gold coins issued in 1907, causing a storm of public criticism. As a result, legislation passed in May 1908 made "In God We Trust" mandatory on all coins on which it had previously appeared.

Legislation approved July 11, 1955, made the appearance of "In God We Trust" mandatory on all coins and paper currency of the United States. By Act of July 30, 1956, "In God We Trust" became the national motto of the United States.

Several years ago, the appearance of "In God We Trust" on our money was challenged in the federal courts. The challenge was rejected by the lower federal courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the case.


This country is about people who believe in God.
A nation for the people by the people. In God We Trust! Hallelujah!

Bro Tim

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In God We Trust

July 13 2011, 9:05 PM 

Placed on U.S. currency by a butcher and war criminal. But obviously a good and devout christian.

On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase "under God" inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring "In God We Trust" to be the nation's official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak. Eisenhower's treasury secretary, George Humphrey, had suggested adding the phrase to paper currency as well.

Although some historical accounts claim Eisenhower was raised a Jehovah's Witness, most presidential scholars now believe his family was Mennonite. Either way, Eisenhower abandoned his family's religion before entering the Army, and took the unusual step of being baptized relatively late in his adult life as a Presbyterian. The baptism took place in 1953, barely a year into his first term as president.

Although Eisenhower embraced religion, biographers insist he never intended to force his beliefs on anyone. In fact, the chapel-like structure near where he and his wife Mamie are buried on the grounds of his presidential library is called the "Place of Meditation" and is intentionally inter-denominational. At a Flag Day speech in 1954, he elaborated on his feelings about the place of religion in public life when he discussed why he had wanted to include "under God" in the pledge of allegiance: "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

The first paper money with the phrase "In God We Trust" was not printed until 1957. Since then, religious and secular groups have argued over the appropriateness and constitutionality of a motto that mentions "God," considering the founding fathers dedication to maintaining the separation of church and state.

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Trust is.....

July 14 2011, 4:24 AM 

.... a subjective matter and no one, but no one, can pledge trust for another, especially a bloody politician.

America for the moment, is a place where many gods, with money being supreme among them, reign. Some enlightened souls have gone far beyond such vulgarity and realise that there are no such beasties.

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Which God?

July 14 2011, 9:37 AM 

The Masonic God?

Then again, there is only one God. Muslim, Masons, Jews, Christians, Hindus etc .. all worship the One.

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Re: Which God?

July 14 2011, 11:49 PM 

The Masonic God?
Then again, there is only one God. Muslim, Masons, Jews, Christians, Hindus etc .. all worship the One.

Masonic Lodge, Freemasons? Osiris, Egyptian god of the dead.

Muslim god who has no Son?

Jewish Jehovah, the Jews are confused because of the deception of those days, Matthew 28:12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Not all religions honor the same god Mondo. There is one true God I do believe.
Who offers salvation simply for having faith in HIS Son Jesus.

Now can I justify this as truth in my mind? Biblical accuracy of the world and technology of today written in a world that was completely different. In other words it is not pipe dreams of men, but in fact knowledge given by the creator to be verified by us today as undoubtable truth. Not to mention the history and future. And the plan of salvation is the simplest of all, simple faith in the Son Jesus of the Creator God. I can talk about personal experiences, but that doesn't seem to matter here. I know some here talk about personal experiences all the time which kind of confuses things for others as to what is a personal experience. Is it some phenomenon that takes place only in your head? I say no. That kind of personal experience can be a day dream or simply a realization of self thought exploration.

I say personal experience must have outside events connected to it, not simply ones learning proses, or imagination. I say personal experience would be something you could make a movie about that would surprise and entertain people in a movie theater, and a documentary of a real life event.

Bro Tim

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