1864 – The U.S. Congress passed legislation that allowed the inscription “In God We Trust” to be included on one-cent and two-cent coins.


 

In God We trust“, also written as “In God we trust“, is the official motto of the United States of America and of the U.S. state of Florida. It was adopted by the U.SCongress in 1956, supplanting E pluribus unum, in use since the initial 1776 design of the Great Seal of the United States.. The capitalized form “IN GOD WE TRUST” first appeared on the two-cent piece in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. A law passed in a Joint Resolution by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84–140) and approved by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, requires that “In God We Trust” appear on American currency. The following year, the phrase was used on paper money for the first time—on the updated one-dollar silver certificate that entered circulation on October 1, 1957.[5] The 84th Congress later passed legislation (P.L. 84–851), also signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, declaring the phrase to be the national motto.[6][7][8]

Some groups and people have objected to its use, contending that its religious reference violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.[9] These groups believe the phrase should be removed from currency and public property. In lawsuits, this argument has not overcome the interpretational doctrine of accommodationism, which allows government to endorse religious establishments as long as they are all treated equally.[10] According to a 2003 joint poll by USA TodayCNN, and Gallup, 90% of Americans support the inscription “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.[11]

In 2006, “In God We Trust” was designated as the motto of the U.S. state of Florida.[12][13]

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