In God we trust

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In God We Trust is the current official motto of the United States of America. It was adopted in 1956 during the Cold War in part to help differentiate the country from what was perceived to be godless communism. I believe that this motto violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by endorsing one religion over another.

Money

Redacting a $100 bill.

The phrase "In God We Trust" appeared sporadically on money back in the 1800s, but in 1957 it was officially added to all US currency. As a form of civil disobedience, I have been crossing the word "GOD" off the back of my paper money for the past decade or so. I even bought a black Sharpie marker to keep in my car specifically for this purpose, and every time I got new bills from an ATM or change from a drive-through, I redact the bills. I have used an entire Sharpie marker on nothing but centimeter long marks and am currently on my second, so I've redacted literally thousands of bills.

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