Comments:US Treasury unveils new $100 note
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|Motto||8||18:02, 7 July 2010|
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Remove the "In God We Trust"; it is divisive, and sectarian. And about time, you had Thomas Jefferson on a dollar bill.
It's just as divisive and sectarian as removing it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
"God" can mean any of a number of things. You'd have a better argument if it were "In Jesus We Trust".
It's intended as an additional protection against counterfeiting. It serves as a quietly unesttling reminder that one's actions just might one day get judged in a greater and utterly objective forum. By the way, does anyone but me see just how blatantly sectarian it would be for the motto to read "In an absence of God we Trust"? I'm sick and tired of the way the sectarian demands of atheism automatically get a free pass when all other "sectarian" demands long accepted from the time of our Founding Fathers onward continue to get knocked down one after the other. No more prayer in schools, no more Ten Commandments in public places, no Bibles or Bible studies allowed, "religion" rather than "bad science" being the reason to ban Creationism, etc.
No more slavery, no more child labour, no longer allowed to rape your own wife... I mean geez. How far will these liberal sectarians go before they finally get booted out of the country once and for all? Take your damned states and join Canada. That's where ya'll liberal weenies belong anyway.
The bitter irony in what Americans call "atheism" is that it is actually the single most evangelical religion in the country. Even moreso than Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and Scientology. Belief that there is no god is still belief.
"In God We Trust" actually was not added to paper money until about 1950 or so.
Thomas Jefferson is on a dollar bill, the $2 note. It's not very widely circulated, but is still printed on occasion.
I knew that, it was added on the insistence if the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, and is contrary to the enlightenment and secularism, which is why I opened this discussion. And I was arguing for a return to secularism, and not atheism as a commentator pointed out.
I keep hearing a lot of people complaining that the new $100 bill "looks too European". I think it looks cool, and it still has the distinct general features that have been in use since Ben Franklin was put on the $100 bill. I don't care what my money looks like as long as it's actually worth something.
While I agree that the appearance of money is of secondary importance, It is nice for the cash that you hold to have some charm to it, even if its only a few quid. I don't think the design looks "European" at all. To resemble the many harlequin banknotes that most of the world uses, it would need to have quite a bit more colour. This feeble attempt at pigmentation looks rather like a shopping reciept that has been through the wash with an article of over-dyed clothing. The bleak austerity of the graphics contrast greatly with the vibrant designs one typically encounters throughout the world. I find it difficult to fathom why Americans insist upon having such dull currency- even when they try to tart it up no less.
I wonder what good this will actually do about those mysterious superdollar weenies out there counterfeiting our cash. After all, they need only continue to make their perfect copies of our earlier money and it will simply continue to be as good as ever.