All U.S. coins bear the inscription, “In God We Trust,” and that’s been the case since 1938, according to the Treasury Department. Now it’s on every bill, as well.
But it might not be there for long, if Democratic college kids have their way.
In a survey conducted by College Pulse for The College Fix, two-thirds of left-leaning college students say the motto should be removed from all U.S. currency, while only 6% of Republican students agree that it should go.
In the comments section of the survey, a Clemson University student said, “We live in a secular nation, not a theocracy. Best to remove.”
Meanwhile, a University of Alabama student doesn’t quite see it that way. “It’s one of the U.S.’s mottos, and all countries put their motto on their currency, so it’s fine so long as it’s a motto,” he said.
Corey Miller, president of the nationwide campus ministry Ratio Christi, told The College Fix that he’s not surprised, but he’s saddened.
“A generation or two has lost touch with its heritage,” he said. “For all the talk of equality in America, few realize that it is the theistic foundations that ground it. In our ‘progressive’ removal of God, we should beware of what follows.”
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court rejected a case brought by activist attorney Michael Newdow to remove the national motto from all currency. He argued that it was a government endorsement of religion and a violation of the First Amendment.
Newdow is also known for challenging the inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and apparently trying to silence prayer and any religious references at the inaugurations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.