Yes, it is that time again…..a short history lesson for my readers.
For sometime now there has been a debate on the religious aspects of our Constitution and such…..there are those that say that we are a Christian country…..while others say that we are suppose to be a secular government…..
So I thought I would look into the “In God We Trust” slogan that appears all around the government…..
The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout persons throughout the country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity on United States coins. From Treasury Department records, it appears that the first such appeal came in a letter dated November 13, 1861. It was written to Secretary Chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania, and read:
Source: History of ‘In God We Trust’
So the slogan appeared almost 100 years after the founding of this country….and it was envisioned during those dark days of the Civil War when all future seemed bleak.