Posts Tagged ‘In God We Trust’

Theodore Roosevelt on church and state

June 5, 2012

Theodore Roosevelt. a regular churchgoer and Sunday school teacher, made the statement above in a speech at Carnegie Hall in 1915 on “Americanism” to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization.  Click on Theodore Roosevelt on Americanism for the text of the entire speech.

When the government issued a new $20 gold coin in 1907, Theodore Roosevelt as President ordered the “In God We Trust” motto omitted on the grounds that putting such a motto on money trivialized religion.  Congress overrode his decision.  Click on When Roosevelt Dropped “In God We Trust” in 1907 for the full story.

I wonder what kind of acceptance TR would get in today’s Republican Party.

Hat tip for the graphic to Bill Elwell.