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The United States was founded in 1776, and for 180 years our country's motto was "E Pluribus Unum," which is Latin for "Out of Many, One."  

In 1956, our national motto was changed to "In God We Trust," in a knee-jerk reaction against 'godless communism.' That, and the addition of "under God" in the Pledge of allegiance a few years earlier, were moves made in an attempt to link patriotism with religious piety, to distinguish us from the Soviets.

But here's the problem - The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment clearly states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

By changing our motto and pledge to include the Judeo-Christian concept of God, we blatantly 'respected' the Jewish and Christian establishments - a clear violation.

By signing this petition on the official White House website, you can help let our politicians know that being patriotic and being religious are two separate things entirely.  Our founding fathers clearly desired separation of church and state - and to include the Judeo-Christian concept of God in such a way is unacceptable.


CLICK HERE to sign this petition!

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Sonikkubumu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a big fan of currency, but if they do change the motto, they should change to the motto on the first american coin which was 'Mind your own business'.
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] :dummy:

With the bullshit from the right though do you really think this is a good time for our country to try and remove them :stare: I mean .....they are crazy :iconscaredplz:
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe. :)

Ah, I remember that essay :D I love that!
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:woohoo:
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Bjork-Anaiiz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever heard about that piece of the twin towers that was put into a museum because it looked like a cross?

As much as I can respect people for their beliefs, it just urks me on how many of these people think their religion means more to an entire country full of people of different religions and that everyone should be labeled as Christian.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's interesting - they found that to be super awesome and all that despite it having come from a building that was made of many series of crosses... So it's not like it was some magical freak occurrence. And if it was, if that was the way that 'God' chose to show himself, what a freaking lame way to do it. Here's an idea... instead of making crosses out of the rubble, maybe 'God' should have stepped in and stopped those planes instead. :no:

Long story short, I feel your frustration. Haha..
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I sign I sign!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent! :iconmrburnsplz:
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puddin-pie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, I mean, yes I do believe in God very much and love him, though I wouldn't consider myself associated with any particular religion, but I just don't understand why they have "In God we trust", I feel bad about those who don't believe in God, or if they believe in a Goddess maybe, I know I do. So... it is like they're respecting a specific religion, I feel bad :-< And this is a country, it's not a church, it's a country. Supposedly a free country. If you want your kids to learn about God, or Goddess, that's great, teach them to YOUR kids, not to an entire country.

But yes, I'll be signing this for sure. No need to not believe in God in order to stand up for those who don't. :->
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome, thank you for signing it! It's difficult to find people who are willing to separate church from state in their own minds these days.
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puddin-pie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FUCKING ASS HELL, IM NOT WRING ALL THE SHIT I HAD JUST BEFORE AGAIN.

I'm just gonna say you're welcome and fuck trying to move the dumb fucking curser!

(sorry, i had more written and since its all gone now im a little pissed off, heh)
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Technology hates you:P
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puddin-pie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but i love technology :iconsobplz: y it so mean?
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha aw no, I hate when that happens! D:
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puddin-pie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I think i was trying to click something else, i forgot, then my finger moved a bit too much and it clicked a link, and well, ugh :-/ (on a laptop, so i just have to double tap to click. easy. but sometimes /too/ easy when u didnt mean to double tap)
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ew, I know exactly what you mean! Trying to click on stuff with just that little laptop mouse pad thing, with the double click, blah! I hate that, haha :XD:
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puddin-pie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah :-) oh and thanks for not demonizing me for my beliefs.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries :) People are people no matter what they believe, that's something that many of my fellow atheists/agnostics tend to forget online..
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Supyloco Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I would love if someone came up and put up. In Allah we Trust. You know since it's a generic term.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Yeah I wonder if people would be as happy about that as they would with 'in God we trust'. I'm guessing not, considering the president is a COMMUNIST KENYAN MUSLIM ATHEIST ANTI-AMERICAN TERRORIST SUPPORTING ISRAEL HATER! :noes:
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Supyloco Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Yeah. Because what people seem to miss is that even if it's generic. It's sill favoring religion over irreligion.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly.
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FlamingHeadcase Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Signed. You have a tumblr? Shit I can reblog this now.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, link is on the top of this journal in the buttons section. :)
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
I actually like the 'In God We Trust'... though I don't like religion in the government (It sounds more contradicting than it really is.) .. Meh XD I don't feel like explaining but there is reason to why I like it and it has nothing to do with christianity in general (My reason for liking it, that is.)
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm.. It seems awfully constricting to me. It basically says to the world, HEY GUYS. WE ALL BELIEVE IN ONE GOD! When clearly we don't all do that. I mean I have no problem with folks saying things like, "God bless America," and all that. That's their own business. But it shouldn't be the national motto, especially since it so blatantly goes against what the founding fathers intended.
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
I completely understand that, and I could see that as a reasoning. The only reason I do like it is because christianity did play an important role in certain social structures within this soceity even if not political. I'm not saying that christianity is the right way to go, it just feels like it impacted our society and it can be marked. Frankly, I'd have no problem if they promoted something to every religion that leaves it's impact. Maybe if they made a coin for all the religions that have joined here to represent a blended community and somebody of that religion could be the one to design it or something.
I hope this came out clear ^^ I felt a little jumbled.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yes, that is true that our specific society has been heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian culture. There's no escaping that, but we must also acknowledge that it has been stated several times over by the men who founded our country that we are not a nation built upon Christian values. We must also acknowledge that the demographics of our country is always changing: Protestants to Catholics to Muslims and the nonreligious, not to mention the Pagans and Sikhs and Hindus and Buddhists and more. The idea of a coin with all the religions on it is a nice one, though I don't think it would be possible considering there are so many religions out there, as well as the first amendment, which states that our government can't respect religion in laws - to do so would be to cross the wall of separation between church and state once again.. :/

Hehe that's alright. :) I hope my explanation makes sense, I got so little sleep last night and am staying up late haha ^^;
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nah, I get it. ^^
I don't have much more to say, though. I still stand by my opinion even though I fully see your reasoning. I think we've reached a ground where there is not much more to say but rather it's just a matter of perspective.
Thank you for elaborating on your side.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries :) Thanks for your time!
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Canadian, so I can't help. But we've got god in our National Anthem, and we're supposed to have a separation of church and state :iconfacepalmplz:

Best of luck though :D
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Canis44 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
Unfortunately, there is no separation of Church and sate in Canada, here is a journal I wrote about this [link]. And here is a link that proves that the federal government dished out tax payer money to 'renovate' (not to preserve) a church on Prince Edward Island. [link] We even have hate speech laws in Canada; before long, Harper will probably grow a Stalin mustache and we will have to sing 'all hale the banal leader'. lol :P The government just blatantly funded a religious project with tax payer money, a project that should have been a Vatican problem and not a federal government problem. Last and not least, no one seems to talk about the separation it seems that most people either think, we already have the separation, or they know we do not have the separation and they will not speak up about it. I am not sure if you know this but Harper has even established "the office of religious freedom"[link], I am afraid that our government is not very secular, and we need more secularists to stand up for a secular government.
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well... that's worrying. Didn't know that. Well, I knew that we had hate speech laws, which have been used in the past to do questionable things, but not that more current stuff with the Harper Government.

Looks like we have some work to do :stare:
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Canis44 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
India, a supposed democracy (but one that seemingly likes to ban books, i.e. Joseph Lelyveld's book on Gandhi) is closer to having a secular constitution than we are. Like I said the main problem is that people are clueless about the fact, that we do not have a separation of church and sate. The CCRF itself actually 'tells' people that they 'can' believe (telling people what they can believe is also very troubling) but there is nothing within the Charter that makes our government secular. Worrying indeed. :(
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a shame! D: But thank you!
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We'll fix that one day :stare:
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CuryPotato Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, signed and done~!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!
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AngryCinnabon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, and would you mind if I copied this journal and posted it in one of my own? I could credit you if you wish v wv I just really think this is something that should be shared
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please feel free! Share anywhere you can! It's definitely worth signing!
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AngryCinnabon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Signed and shared on my facebook v uv it would be so great if this caused the motto to change...

(I already omit under god from the pledge when I say it, but to have it officially removed would really be great, especially seeing that it violates the first amendment so clearly)
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great :D I omitted it for the pledge, too, in high school. So ridiculous that it's all over the place like that, so blatantly not supposed to happen! Thanks for sharing!
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Kampy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
There is no "in God we trust" on my currency tbh, but I agree with removing that from your currency.
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RhetoricHaystack Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice...i signed that a few days ago.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah awesome :D
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Cassini90125 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Signed. Had to create an account to do so; I now await the arrival of a fresh load of spam. :lol:

You know, it occurred to me that if "In God We Trust" were to actually be removed from our currency, there'd be room for a new national motto, be it "E Pluribus Unum" or something else entirely. Picking a possible new motto might make for a good contest, with prizes for both the best motto and the goofiest. Interesting idea, is it not? :D
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I haven't gotten too much spam really, at least not from the White house. I got some from the Obama campaign before the election though that's for sure lol.....

I'm sure it'd probably go back to E Pluribus Unum, but that'd be a fun little contest anyway, haha :XD:
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Cassini90125 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
The only spam I got during the campaign was from Linda McMahon, who was running for the Senate. She spent a huge amount of money and lost. Sounds kind of familiar. :lol:

I can't help giggling at the thought of a penny with the phrase "Sponsored By McDonalds" on it. :lol:
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lmao :lol:
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I'm not American, so I am afraid I cannot hlp. Good luck, though.
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