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origins of america's pledge of allegiance

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I love pointing out to people that the "under god" part was not in the original pledge. Around these parts, it makes people's head's explode. ;)

Oh, and the "in god we trust" on the money...most are ignorant about that too.

"In 1956, the Cold War was in full swing, and the anti-Communist suspicion of the McCarthy era was at its height. Partly in reaction to Communism (which was commonly associated with atheism despite being merely devoid of an official religion), the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution to replace the existing motto with "In God we Trust." According to United States Code, Title 36, Section 302, the new motto officially displaced the original 180 year-old national motto "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of Many, One) when President Eisenhower signed the resolution into law on 30 July 1956. [1]

Despite longstanding controversy and recent legal opposition to the current motto, the most common place it appears in daily life is on the money of the United States. The first United States coin to bear this national motto was the 1864 two-cent piece. It first appeared on U.S. currency on the back of Florida National Bank Notes in 1863. However it wasn't until 1957 that the motto was permanently adopted for use on United States currency."

Yes, our national motto was changed to combat evil athiests. Apparently it isn't working though. Maybe I just need to have more of it for it to take effect :eg:

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the original 180 year-old national motto "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of Many, One)

i hugely much like that. i mean, america IS the melting pot, yes? si? da? ja? oui?

how does one go about a resolution to change it back?


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