Fifty Years of ‘In God We Trust’
I am actually excited about going to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to register my truck in Indiana. Don’t get me wrong, shelling out a wad of dough in order to get a thin piece of metal stuck on the back of my truck is not what brings me this excitement. Rather, I’m stoked about getting one of the Indiana “In God We Trust” license plates. Drive around the state for any amount of time, and you will see several.
I bring up this subject to tell everyone that today marks the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of “In God We Trust” on paper currency in the United States. Click here for a brief and interesting history of the slogan, which became our nation’s official motto in 1956. It was passed by joint resolution in Congress and signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. The phrase was also adopted last year as the official motto of the state of Florida.
Even with all the hullaballoo over separation of church and state, 90% of Americans approve of the motto’s use on currency. But what do you think? Is it too exclusionary? Is it a slippery slope towards theocracy? Or are you proud to clink two quarters of “In God We Trust” into a pop machine for a diet soda in return? What’s your two cents?