Would you be in favor of removing “In God We Trust” from American currency and why?
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Faith and Country should be separate so yes.
Yes. Because of the first line of the first amendment of the constitution. Also because it only made it on currency in the ’50s from lobbying efforts. Because America was not founded as a Christian nation. And because E Plurubus Unum was the original national motto.
Absolutely, the United States as a nation was not founded on the Christian religion as clearly stated in the Treaty of Tripoli, and federal currency should therefore not espouse the existence (or nonexistence) of one or several deities. It’s one of the most divisive things they could do, since it’s clearly in reference to the Abrahamic God
1) Putting “In God We Trust” on money is akin to worshiping it and Jesus is pretty obviously against that kind of shit.
2) The government is supposed to be secular. Crossing that line, even in a harmless way, opens the door to persecution on behalf of a religion or a particular religious sect.
3) The government adopting religious symbology is a way to bolster the legitimacy of the government and governmental legitimacy should only come from the consent of the governed.
4) Associating the government with a religion gives government an incentive to portray their actions as religiously just, influencing theology towards potentially irreligious ideas.
Edit: In no particular order.
Yes, e pluribus unum should be the slogan
I’d be in favor of phasing it out because its so bland, so meaningless, and so uninspiring. It doesn’t capture anything about American ideals.
I’d much prefer “*E Pluribus Unum*.”
Yes. Can we get rid of God Bless America in baseball too while we’re at it?
Yes, those who claim divine affection are not to be trusted.
For starters, not all of “we” “trust” in the “god” in question. If the money said “Allah is the one true God” then I’m sure a lot more people would have a problem with the slogan.
Second, it’s a slogan. Put there (at least for the last 70 plus years) to differentiate ourselves from the “godless communists” of a system that collapsed over 30 years ago. Like…seriously…we’re still fighting the Cold War on our money? Dude…
Finally, if you’re the genuine Christian type…you know Jesus wasn’t exactly a fan of money, right? If he came back now and saw what was afoot, he might say “excuse me…you put my dad’s name on your currency? Did you not listen to what I said? No! You’re not…you’ve got all this wrong!”
Money is our God
yeah, because if he was real I would not trust that guy so my money shouldn’t either
I wouldn’t care either way. I am Christian but what is written on the money is not significant either way. It doesn’t matter.
EDIT: Another thing is America is in my opinion a very consumerist, materialistic and wealth worshiping place. So having “In God We Trust” written on the money feels kind of strange
Yeah. Not on my list of priorities but yeah, sure it can go.
It should be phased out since there’s a separation of church and State. But I really don’t care.
Yes. It’s kind of ironic that this country was created in the basis of freedom of religion, yet apparently our government is Christian.
certainly, because it’s a hypocrisy
Yes. Because it was added in the ‘50s as part of McCarthysm anti-Communist paranoia.
Yep, I don’t trust the dude at all. History of bad decisions and shady behavior
No, it’s a really insignificant phrase that doesn’t affect much and I think focusing on it is silly lol
Not personally. Seems like a needlessly revisionist and divisive thing to do. It’s not hurting anybody to have it there, and it would upset a lot of people to change it.
It’s a message to would-be counterfeiters as a scare tactic, spend this and suffer God’s wrath
“Therefore render unto God the things that are God’s, and unto Cæsar write God’s name on the money to prove we aren’t communists”
I would be in favor of replacing it with “Hail Yourself”
In Drugs I Trust
US Currency is in bad need of an upgrade anyway.
I don’t give a shit about it so either way is fine. Who cares.
Sure, but I can’t deny it’s appropriate. What with the “we worship the rich here”.
Yes. We have this concept called the separation of church and state.
I don’t care. You think if god exists he’s been anywhere near the government?
Reddit is a largely secular, left leaning community. You’ll have to try harder to find people who don’t want it removed. Even among the religious right, many still support separation of church and state.
Yes, and while we’re at it, let’s just do away with currency completely. No need for it.
Although I think that religion and government should definitely be absolutely separate entities that shouldn’t intermingle their roles in society, I don’t see how removing “In God We Trust” would really change much in the long run
so we can put on the real american motto.
Some is good. More is BETTER.
You better pray to your God when you learn what backs the American currency.