"In God We Trust Plaque" by US Capitol / Public Domain

The Religious Motto That Isn’t Religious: How ‘In God We Trust’ Remains Constitutional [Part 2]

Aug 29, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel

Under Donald Trump, Christian hypocrisy has been making headlines. White evangelicals, who have proclaimed their moral superiority for decades, now support an unethical, corrupt, twice-divorced, thrice-married, adulterer. (Here on RD the Reverend Daniel Schultz recently suggested that it isn’t hypocrisy, but sadism that’s to blame for white evangelical enthusiasm for the president, but that’s a debate for another time.)

The “In God We Trust” displays in public schools are yet another manifestation of right wing Christian hypocrisy, but since we documented the history of that motto in Part 1, the big unanswered question is this: How did a country that was the first to separate state and church get stuck with a motto that is so obviously and overtly religious?

Government officials in this country are not allowed to use public offices to promote their personal religion. So how is it that the officials are legally allowed to slap “In God We Trust” on our money, on the Capitol, and in our public schools?

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