Essay on In God We Trust

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Since a child I can remember being intrigued by the motto “In God we Trust” printed on dollar bills and engraved on coins. What God do we trust in? Is the God we trust in Jesus? Why do we trust in him? These were just a few questions that came to my mind. With all the greed and capitalistic corruption that exist in society, how could men war over money that reminds us “In God we Trust”.
I was under the assumption that this statement was symbolic of the authority God had within the system of commerce. Surely if God has no place in business, we would not proclaim our trust for him on the very currency we spend. I propose that it is ethically sound for the motto “In God We Trust” to be printed on our currency in the United States. Have we
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These letters urged the United States to recognize the Deity on United States coins. According to the U.S. Treasury Department records, the first such appeal dated November 13, 1861 came from Minister of the Gospel from Ridleyville. The letter reads,
“Dear Sir: You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances. One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.
You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the all seeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.
This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters”

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