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From: Tom ZeCat (
Subject:         You're the one ignorant of history
Date: November 3, 2007 at 10:30 am PST

In Reply to: Might wanna check your facts, bub, on the McCarthy business. posted by soooright on November 3, 2007 at 10:14 am:

It was indeed part of McCarthism that In God We Trust was required on all US money. (Previously it had from time to time been used on some coins, but not on all money.)

From "In God We Trust: A Brief History on the Subject"

In 1955, Congress passed a law requiring that "In God We Trust" appear on all U.S. coins and currency. The first paper currency with the motto appeared in 1957. This was right after the McCarthy era, during the early Cold War, when no congressperson would dare be seen voting against "God." "In God We Trust" did appear occasionally on a few coins, starting with a 2-cent piece in the 1860s, in an attempt (it is surmised) to put "God" on the side of the north during the Civil War. In 1956, an Act of Congress adopted "In God We Trust" as a national motto. The original motto, "E Pluribus Unum" ("out of many, [come] one,") celebrating plurality, still appears on the Presidential Seal and on some paper currency.

And your comments on freedom from religion reveal your gross ignorance on the issue of separation of church and state, but that's not at all surprising. I would assume you're happy to be free from all religions that you don't subscribe to. Atheists only ask for the same courtesy; they wish to be free from all religions they're not part of -- which in their case is all of them.

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