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In 1956, President Eisenhower signed a law that changed the national motto of the United States from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust" The change was uncontroversial at the time, and largely prompted by the cold war. There are some constitutional questions though, because the First Amendment emphasizes separation of church and state. Personally I think that E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One) is a way better motto. As an atheist, I feel excluded by the current motto. Also, shouldn't we be emphasizing our roots as a people united in control of our fate? To me, "In God We Trust" sounds like its taking control away from the people, and very un-democratic.
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I never have liked that "In God We Trust." It never made sense to me as a nation that is supposed to have a clear line drawn between church and state. It seems that there are politicians and people who firmly believe that it was always meant to be that way and the U.S. is a Christian country, regardless of what others believe.
Yeah I agree, we should have (in my opinion) complete separation. Check out this white house response to the petition to change the motto back.
@curtisb ... ... ... Why am I not surprised?
I wish people would truly understand not only the Constitution, but the men who actually wrote it. They were Christian in the most loosest sense. They weren't even that religious. Well, not the ones that mattered, but In God We Trust should have never been the country's motto. We don't have a set religion for a reason.
Guys, if nothing else we shouldn't have changed the motto in 1956! It was fine for the first few hundred years!!