The United States of America was founded on a Christian principle... a principle that is infringed upon time and time again. We have repeadly taken God out of our school systems. So why must we take him out of our monitary systems too? (I apologize, I wrote it wrong. It really says In God we trust.. sorry!!)
This saying "In God we Trust (again, wrote it wrong, sorry!) first appeared on coins in 1864 and on paper money in 1957. It was chosen as our national motto in 1956. Why? Because it was by the grace of God that we defeated the British and gained our independance. It was by the grace of God that we made it across the ocean without wrecking. We trusted God, and forever we shall.
Many have tried to abolish the use of the phrase in money, saying that it offends nonChristians. The thing is, no matter if we put it in or not, someone is still going to be offened. U.S. District Judge Harold Baer, Jr stated, "the Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto's secular purpose and effect, however have found no constitutional violation in the motto's inclusion on currency."
There is no good reason why we can't say IN GOD WE TRUST. People hold signs expressing their religion. People wear shirts, chant, hold rallies, go to church. What is the problem with money? We all are aware of the fact that there are other religions in the USA. So why is money the biggest problem? Perhaps the athiests are board and simply want to start a riot against the religions.
Separation of Church and State: "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." - Thomas Jefferson
Analysis: In this quote Thomas Jefferson established that the religious beliefs of one man should be left out of politics when they decide on major issues, and that the beliefs of the people cannot be disrupted by the law. He was attempting to thwart history from repeating itself time and time again. For all over Europe, religion had been the greatest cause of death and wars known to man. The reformation had destroyed much of the Catholic Churches power, with the formation of many religious orders and other religions that are based on the same basic principles and pray to the same god yet hold little differences. However the people still saw the difference and slaughtered others and hated at will. So to prevent any church power to establish high dominance in the United States this was created to protect the government from being pressured by "The words of God" to do something that did not benefit the people of this country or another.
I type this to the reading audience and my opponent to inform you that this could be A easy way for a dominant church figure to easily take advantage of the United States government. "In God we trust....do you truly believe in god Mr. Blaugh?" "Why sure...but I don't see the point..." "If you truly believed in God then you would promote this law for the benefit of the church which will please God..." This is an over dramatization of what could potentially happen, however with enough money and this labeled on the front of A corrupt church officials intentions he and or she could easily raise support from A blind politician or a blind mass of people that he could be preaching out too. If the United States truly believes in God, then we should be able to remove this statement from our dollar bill without the fear of God wanting to oppress us for doing so.
Declaration of independence:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...." - Declaration of Independence
Analysis: The Founding Fathers would agree to remove this statement so the government wouldn’t appear to be religiously based, however I cannot accurately say for one hundred percent that they would do this but I am almost certain that they would for they were attempting to appeal to all of the people not just the Christian or the religious population. Their beliefs were to give everyone their fair half without having to take away part of the half from another person and they pulled that off beautifully, however they did not account for the radical change in the political mind set of people today or even decades after they had all perished. For this miscalculation has caused the spawning of multiple political parties and radical groups which will do anything to keep change from happening for the better.
Overview: It is in my opinion that the phrase: “In God we Trust” Should be removed from any form of United States currency not only for the fact of “Separation of State and Church” and for the fact that the Founding Fathers never intended for God to play A major role in our everyday lives. In A society that demands change for things that do not work it is necessary to appeal to all of the public, especially for a proper Democracy to work?
“Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”
R13; Thomas Jefferson
“Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
R13; Robert A. Heinlein
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”
R13; James Madison
“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
R13; George Washington
“For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew--or a Quaker--or a Unitarian--or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim- -but tomorrow it may be you--until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.
Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end--where all men and all churches are treated as equal--where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice--where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind--and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.
That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of Presidency in which I believe--a great office that must neither be humbled by making it the instrument of any one religious group nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding its occupancy from the members of any one religious group. I believe in a President whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
This is the kind of America I believe in--and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we may have a "divided loyalty," that we did "not believe in liberty," or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened the "freedoms for which our forefathers died.”
R13; John F. Kennedy