Saturday, September 29, 2007

A good reason to turn back the clock

I was perusing a copy of the local daily rag at Rebecca's this morning when I came across an article that stated that Monday is the 50th anniversary of "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency. Then, just few minutes ago, I was skimming old unread emails and came across a forwarded spam email expressing outrage and demanding a boycott of the new dollar coins because "In God We Trust" is not printed on them.

Setting aside the fact that IGWT is, in fact, engraved on the new dollar coins (it's on the edge of the coins except for a few batches where it was accidentally left off), this just reminds me how much I wish our coins and currency were god-less, as they were before October 1, 1956. Of course, I wasn't born yet, but I still occasionally come across some of the older bills and they always make me smile.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:51 AM

    I couldn't agree more! I started kindergarten in 1952, when the Pledge of Allegiance was godless, and to this day, the pledge, in my head, is as I learned it and heard it chanted daily until June 14, 1954 (thanks to Republican fearmongers, red-haters, and Gen/Pres Eisenhower):
    "...and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."
    Maybe someday we'll get back to this grand concept, which needs attribute to no imaginary entity that which our species can fulfill, because of our unique evolutionary intelligence.
    [A long-time South Park neighbor who has reason to hope that you will be concerned and vigilant about liberty and justice ... and honesty... in your participatory, reportorial role in our neighborhood]


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