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Secularists Making More Inroads or The Mint Completely Off the Mark?

The phrase "In God We Trust" is being relegated to the edge of the new 1$ coin. The Mint says it was moved to make more room for the George Washington's face on the front and Lady Liberty on the back.

I would bet that George Washington would demand that the presidents' faces be made smaller so that the phrase "In God We Trust" could remain on the front of the coin so it could be as visible as possible. George Washington spoke eloquently and frequently in his Thanksgiving Proclamation about the role God had in the formation of this country :

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"


Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

And it was George Washington who refused the position of King that some wanted to bestow on him. He could become King easily and then changed the course of our country for the worse. But he rejected unlimited power because it was in the best interest of his fledgling country, her new citizens, and their posterity.

Not only is the Mint completely missing the historical significance of George Washington's presidency by choosing to put the phrase "In God We Trust" on the edge of the coin so as to increase the size of President Washington's image, but it is also a sign that the secular-progressives are gaining more inroads into eliminating God from our country's history.

Hat tip: Brian at Iowa Voice


Comments (12)

Perhaps they're just making... (Below threshold)

Perhaps they're just making room for 'Allah Akabar'...

I object to the whole premi... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

I object to the whole premise of every president being on a dollar coin. Millard Fillmore? Harding? W.H. Harrison and his one-month term?

I'd rather have all members of the Baseball Hall of Fame on a dollar coin. At least there is a measure of excellence there.

Why not go one further and memorialize every American with a coin?

Its enough that self center... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Its enough that self centered atheists jerks like MICHEAL NEWDOW tried to have IN GOD WE TRUST removed from our cuuency and coins now its this what now will the eco-freaks demand we replace it with IN GAIA WE TRUST? frankly the SUCULAR HUMANISTS freaks should GET A LIFE

Wow, you're just despera... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Wow, you're just desperate to find trivial things to complain about, aren't you?

I think you should go after Toys"R"Us for printing the "R" backwards. After all, "R" is the first letter in Republican. It's an obvious liberal snipe!

If you ever travel overseas... (Below threshold)

If you ever travel overseas and see other edge writing, it is actually pretty cool and very distinctive. I would argue that edge writing is more noticeable than the tiny lettering on the face. If I were show you a coin with edge writing it would likely be the first thing you notice since it is so different from most Americans' experience. And in many cases, the font on the edge is larger than the font on the face.

My guess is that people who are that upset haven't seen a coin with edge writing before. One of those "complain first, see later" reactions.

As a coin collector I'll wa... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

As a coin collector I'll wait and see and then decide to buy or not. If direct sales from the mint drop they'll know they made a big mistake.

I agree that secularists ar... (Below threshold)
MrBoynton:

I agree that secularists are doing everything they can to remove God from the public sphere. And I'm all for fighting it. But this is a ridiculous example.

For one thing, you're misreporting what happened. The mint isn't singling out "In God We Trust" and moving it to the rim of the new dollar. They're moving almost everything you'd normally find on the surface of a coin - "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum," the date, and the mint mark. Also, for the first time ever the concept of "Liberty" will be represented graphically on a coin (by the Statue of Liberty) instead of spelled out in lettering.

Love it or hate it, it's an entirely new approach to US coinage. The goal of this is clearly not to spread secularism, but to try one more time to sell Americans on a dollar coin.

For anyone who wants to actually see the design, as opposed to fantasizing nefarious motives for its conception, go to:

http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/index.cfm?action=$1coinFlash

I agree that secularists... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I agree that secularists are doing everything they can to remove God from the public sphere.

No, only the loud ones are. I'm a secularist, and I'm not doing anything. "In God We Trust" doesn't bother me. "Merry Christmas" doesn't bother me. Prayers in schools bother me.

I hope the new $1 coin catches on. I'm the only one I know who still uses the Sacagawea dollar.

Are the words "In God We Tr... (Below threshold)
Josh B.:

Are the words "In God We Trust" so strong that seeing them, or even hearing the words "Under God" going to all of a sudden make a revival and all 300 million people in America become Christians? ...I guess so. But as for this example, I don't know, anyone who says this country is going secular is pretty ignorant; we've been "secular" for quite a long time. I think eventually the words In God We Trust will be off the coins, as this country is going the way of moving off the foundation it was founded on, this is just a small facet of that.

I like the new coins. Wonde... (Below threshold)
epador:

I like the new coins. Wonderful art and the edge printing is going to be unique and eye catching for circulating US coinage. It looks like they may rival US medallions in art (but not value). If it catches on better than the old attempts, it will be time to bring back 2, 5 and maybe 10 dollar coins before too long. By my calculations, I won't have to worry about the Nixon, Carter, or Clinton coins for about a decade. Whew!

The Euro coinage is pretty, two-toned and goes up to a 2 Euro denomination. Our bills are now colorful and yet retain a US flavor not found in paper currency elsewhere. Their bills increase in size as the denomination increases, one idea that makes mistaking one bill for another denomination difficult. But complicates your wallet size.

I hate the idea that we hav... (Below threshold)
kevino:

I hate the idea that we have to remove the "In God We Trust" to appease the secularists, but like MrBoynton, I also find it very disturbing that the word "Liberty" has been carefully removed.

Welcome to the United States Socialist Republik, Comrades.

kevino,I didn't sa... (Below threshold)
MrBoynton:

kevino,

I didn't say anything of the kind. Learn to read.




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