Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

April 26, 2010

In God We Trust

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

“In God We Trust.”  Yes, we do . . . with or without it on our currency!  Yet, there is some debate about that!  The majority of us hold firm to the expression being on our currency.  And there are emails being circulated even today about the issue.  I am grateful for support of the issue, but this is another example of how we need to be current on what is current.

Circulating today is a report that NBC is conducting a poll, “Do you believe in God?”  NBC is not conducting such a poll!  And although we have not been careful to research what is being circulated, many have rejoiced that the poll generally reports approximately 85% yes and 15% no.  Those statistics are relevant when we know what poll is being conducted.  Let me give some history.

In 2004 NBC conducted an online poll with the question: Should the words “under God” be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?”  It is important to note that the poll is closed, and has been for some time.  Because it is closed, the results were tabulated and publicized.  Of 231,980 responses, 15% said yes, and 85% said no.

Now the issue of our currency is active by NBC.   They opened the online poll in 2005, almost 5 years ago.  They have set no date for closing the poll, and so you do have the privilege to participate in this.  Go to www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10103521  and you will find the poll.  The question is: Should the motto “In God We Trust” be removed from U.S. currency?  Even this poll is not asking about a belief in God, but is couched in the issue of the separation of church and state.  The last report from the survey reveals 11% yes, and 89% no.

It is true that in 2007 a few George Washington dollar coins did not have the inscription “In God We Trust.”  Quickly emails circulated that this inscription was being removed from U.S. coins.  This error happened only on this specific coin.  The entire edge inscriptions were missing.  Along with “In God We Trust” was the year, the mint mark, and “E Pluribus Unum.”  The coins came from only one of the mints and certainly was not an attempt to remove these inscriptions.  (By the way, if you have one of the coins, it is rare and valuable!)

As a current report, you might be interested to know that last month, March 2010, a federal appeals court in California upheld the issue of both “under God”  being in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on coins. A higher court refused to hear the case.

I sincerely believe that atheists and agnostics are losing!  We hear of their lawsuits and when they do get a judgment in their favor, it becomes a big story!  But with hundreds of constant suits, which do not make the news, they lose!  Do you remember that at President Obama’s inauguration that these groups sought to have “so help me God” removed from the oath?  And also sought to disallow ministers to pray at such?  They lost!

This blog is not seeking to scold or promote, but only that we be fair in what we circulate.  I am of the generation that dealt with a petition presented in 1975 to the FCC  by Madalyn Murrary O’Hair. She sought a ban to deny licenses to religious broadcasters.   After her petition was denied, Christians continued to flood the FCC with  petitions against it for 25 years!  It became an embarrassment that Christians did not keep up with such issues, and in not doing so, we revealed how emotional we can become, and how we can be actually incited by outdated facts.  There has been a similar response by Christians since 1999 objecting to the forbidding of the name of God to be used in the television program, “Touched by an Angel.”  There is no validity to such a petition being considered by the FCC.

We must respond immediately and appropriately to issues, but before we stir others to action, let’s be sure that we are on the right flight, rather than one that departed the terminal years ago!

Lawson

                                                                                                                                                                    

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2 Comments »

  1. I so agree! We can easily misrepresent our Lord, by not knowing the facts, can’t we?

    Comment by maggie — May 3, 2010 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  2. It is quite hard to get the “real story” and I wonder what is the best way to find the correct research instead of the news. The political news is depending on whom ever you are listening to, seems the stories vary a lot! Doris

    Comment by drswht28 — May 1, 2015 @ 6:09 pm | Reply


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