Try finding the words "In God We Trust" on the nation's latest currency
Have you seen the new $1 coin? Was the coin designed by a committee made up of ACLU members?
What's missing? Try finding the words "In God We Trust" on the coin.
Our national motto is not on the front of the coin, which features a awful likeness of George Washington. The words are not on the back, which features the Statue of Liberty.
Look closer. You might need a magnifying glass.
I gave the coin to another person and asked them to find "In God We Trust" on it. It took them 1 minute and 15 seconds to find the inscription, but they weren't sure what the words said because they were so tiny.
The words "In God We Trust" are found on the edge of the coin.
"In God We Trust" has been our national motto for 50 years and has been imprinted on U.S. currency going back to 1864. Prominently featured on currency, until now.
These are the same words that the ACLU and atheists like Michael Newdow have tried for years to have removed from U.S. currency and "The Pledge of Allegiance."
All U.S. coins feature "In God We Trust" on the front. You can even make out the motto clearly on a dime. But good luck finding it on the new $1 coin.
Even if you find it, who knows how long it will remain on the coins. What part of the coin is the easiest to wear away? The edge, of course. How long will "In God We Trust" appear on the new $1 coins before the words are rubbed away entirely?
Has the ACLU and the militant atheists infiltrated the U.S. Mint?
If this trend continues, our currency will not be the same when our grandchildren grow up and have children of their own.
Judging from the U.S. Mint's previous failed attempts to widely distribute $1 coins (the Susan B. Anthony dollar and the Sacagawea dollar), time may be on our side. Americans simply don't want to carry dollar coins around. (An AP-Ipsos poll says three-fourths of people surveyed oppose replacing the dollar bill with a dollar coin.)
The Mint plans to flood 300 million Washington dollar coins into circulation and will release four new $1 coins each year through 2016 until all deceased U.S. presidents are featured on the coins. And the Mint has launched a big PR campaign to get children to collect the coins. No wonder George Washington looks so pained on the new $1 coin.
The effort to remove "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency needs to be nipped in the bud.
Other than the ACLU and Newdow, nobody was lobbying for the removal of "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency. A lot of people on the political left fail to understand that the Constitution does not exclude God from public life.
The establishment clause of the First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. As long as the government does not establish a national religion at the expense of others, it's OK to talk about God or put "In God We Trust" on our currency.
This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by men of faith. It's the ACLU and the secular progressives who have misled people into thinking that God has no place in our national dialogue.
What can you do? Refuse to accept the coins. Write your congressman today and let him or her know that the anti-Christian crowd has gone too far.
Fight to restore this nation's Judeo-Christian traditions. Don't let the ACLU and the militant atheists win.
Tony Phyrillas is a leading conservative political columnist and blogger based in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran journalist with 25 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist for several newspapers. Phyrillas received recognition for column writing in 2010 from the Associated Press Managing Editors, in 2007 from Suburban Newspapers of America and in 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter. A graduate of Penn State University, Phyrillas is the city editor and political columnist for The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pa. In addition to The Mercury website (www.pottsmerc.com), his columns are featured on more than a dozen political websites and blogs. Phyrillas is a frequent guest (and occasional host) on talk radio and has been a panelist on the "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs TV program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Phyrillas was named one of the '10 Leading Greek-American Bloggers in the World' in 2007 by Odyssey: The World of Greece magazine. BlogNetNews.com ranked Phyrillas the Most Influential Political Blogger in Pennsylvania for three consecutive years (2007-2010). You can follow Phyrillas on Twitter @TonyPhyrillas