Religious Freedom Of The United States

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In the United States, religious freedom is a unique right that not all countries allow. The founding fathers instilled this idea although they predominately followed the Christian faith. Several documents and common American morals have Christian roots; some of which include the establishment of God given rights and basic human decency. The words “In God We Trust” on our currency and “One Nation Under God” in our pledge represent the guiding principles that the United States was established on. Although some may believe these words are controversially bias toward Christianity, they are an important part of history. There are multiple references to faith throughout history and several words and concepts are derived from Christian …show more content…

There were several acts that altered the saying but the word “God” was still minted on the coins. From Treasury Department records, it appears that the first such appeal came in a letter dated November 13, 1861. It was written to Secretary Chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania, and read: “Dear Sir: You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances. One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.” (History of 'In God We Trust’). Although the original intent was to honor the Christian God, the majority of U.S. citizens followed the Christian faith so it did not discriminate or offend. The only time the inscription was removed from the currency was under Theodore Roosevelt because it was not mandatory (Fisher). Recently, The Freedom From Religion Foundation and 19 other plaintiffs recently mounted a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and other government officials recently, claiming that they are discriminating against nonbelievers by including the phrase "In God We Trust" on the nation 's currency (Wing). Some people still believe the phrase is asserting idealism strictly toward the Christian religion. Therseira states the fact that many aspects of American civil religion appear to be genuine and

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