According to the U.S. Treasury Fact Sheet on Coins and Currency the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on U.S. coins because of increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout people, throughout our country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity of God on it’s coins. The first letter dated November 13, 1861 was written to Secretary Chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, a minister from Rileyville, PA. It 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.
You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the all seeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.
This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.
To you first I address a subject that must be agitated.
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What if Rev. M.R. Watkins could see our country now? God have mercy on us!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
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Here’s a side view of Spaceship Earth Geosphere, otherwise known as the ‘giant golf ball’. This ‘ball’ greets visitors at the entrance of Disney’s Epcot in Orlando, FL. If you wanted to use the ball as a golf ball you’d have to stand at least 1.2 miles tall. Other than Cinderella’s Castle, it is one of the most recognizable icons for Disney.
Behind Spaceship Earth is a lake that is surrounded by sections that represent 11 countries including Mexico, France, Canada, United States, Norway, China and Italy. Each country’s ‘section’ has an attraction, restaurant and shops that sale items specific to that country.
While we were there Epcot was celebrating with a ‘wine and food festival’. Every few feet was a new kiosk with food from a different country. A fellow student of our children who was visiting the same week did not eat much for two days just so he could eat his way around the lake. What a wonderful experience he had. Until a little over a year ago he was an impoverished orphan half way around the world. Just before turning 15 a Nashville couple adopted him. It was such fun to watch him experience DisneyMagic for the first time. 🙂
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