I have a friend who crosses “In God We Trust” off of every bill before he will spend it. He feels that by using a note that contains this phrase to which he does not adhere, he is compromising his principles; thus, he crosses it off the bill. He also believes that the phrase should not be on government-issued currency in the first place (that it is a form of mixing church and state). Of course, he can’t do much about that – his own little protest is to cross the phrase off the bills he uses.
I also have some very religious friends, who noticed that he did this and mocked him because they saw nothing wrong with the phrase and thought what he was doing was a bit outlandish. They felt that since it wasn’t infringing on his freedom to believe whatever he chooses, it is not a problem, even if it is a subtle (or not-so-subtle, depending on the view) advocation of a particular religion or religions which are centered around belief in an entity called “God.”
I was going to put this in great debates, but I’m not really up to debating right now (if it becomes a debate, it may certainly be moved) – I just wanted to know what other people thought of this. The only views I heard today were those of one (rather radical) atheist and about four (quite devoted) Christians. What do you think of this issue? Is it an issue? Should the phrase be on our currency? Is it wrong, right, or of no consequence that some people choose to remove it? Does the phrase indeed condone particular religions, and does it have any effect, negative or positive, on our society? Is the argument made by some that our country was founded on Christian principles valid, blatantly false, or irrelevant? Have yourselves a discussion – I guess I’d like to hear some opinions that are not being yelled simultaneously from all sides of a table (literally, at least).