More on “In God We Trust” on our currency.
John E. points out:
American presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt strongly disapproved of the idea of evoking God within the context of a “cheap” political motto. In a letter to William Boldly on November 11, 1907, President Roosevelt wrote: “My own feeling in the matter is due to my very firm conviction that to put such a motto on coins, or to use it in any kindred manner, not only does no good but does positive harm, and is in effect irreverence, which comes dangerously close to sacrilege … it seems to me eminently unwise to cheapen such a motto by use on coins, just as it would be to cheapen it by use on postage stamps, or in advertisements.”
I think President Teddy had it exactly right. How it does cheapen such a motto by putting it on our money. It frankly reduces it to the level of cliche. And how sad that is when that topic is something so serious as trusting God.