In Currency We Trust

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By Scott Nesler

We've all heard the argument between the atheist and piety, whether "In God We Trust" should be sloganized on currency.   Here's my point of view.

The word God is one letter removed from the word good. I don't know if God exist. Show me a clergy of any faith who "knows" of the almighty's existences and I'll show you someone whose trust should be questioned.  On the other hand the most rational atheist can't prove the non existence of God. Whether God exist, there is a strong motivator for doing good in such belief, though contrary there are those who hate or kill in the name of an uninstantiated omnipotent being. It is unlikely that God can be measured or given a monetary value. Good on the other hand has a human quantifiable balance. Is it God or human ingenuity capable of moving mountains? I would guess many citizens from Ohio through Virginia question the worthiness of such power, lacking several mountain caps which once glorified their view.

Who is this We in the slogan? My guess it's the money talking. When there's uniformity, it's not God whose trusted, it's conformity. So maybe what these bills are saying is trust me the almighty currency.

Should In God We Trust be sloganized on currency? Let me answer this with a question. When we are blessed with God's dialog, will his trust be sanctioned as advertisement on currency? Deception and greed may concern him more. 

Without regulation, the value of currency should not be trusted. It is in the realm of possibility that God is all powerful, but the dollar has no feasible chance of being omnipotent.

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I hope we shall… crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country. — wrote Jefferson (to George Logan, 1816. FE 10:69) Thomas Jefferson


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