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Review of Sources - Cobb L Cobb Should the National Motto Remain on United States Currency Our national motto"In God We Trust and whether it should

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Cobb - 1 - L Cobb Should the National Motto Remain on United States Currency? Our national motto, “In God We Trust”, and whether it should remain on U.S. currency has been the source of much political debate. However, this debate stems from a larger issue; the separation between religion and state. Many of the following sources address this highly controversial topic. When choosing source for a controversial subject it is important to fully research and develop sources both supporting and opposing your subject. Not only is it imperative to have opposing and supporting opinions, but neutral perspectives as well. Though many sources do not always reflect the exact topic you have chosen, often these sources can still provide valuable insight. Finding sources similar to these will create the basis for an educated and defendable topic. In order to comprehend the basis of this debate it is important to understand how religion became involved in our modern society. Religion on Capitol Hill, Myths and Realities addresses part of this issue. The book, by Peter Benson and Dorothy Williams explains that our nation underwent three profound religious changes. It also addresses how the founding fathers were influenced by these movements, and how that interprets into our laws. Much of the rest of this book is based upon individual congress member’s affiliations, and is not relevant to the topic. An opposing article, “Money Mottos” written by David Cooper, and avid coin collector, discusses in depth how the founding fathers would view religions today. I found this article to be one of the most informing even in light of its opposing view of the national motto. The article ascertains that if the founding fathers meant for everything to stay the same, then slavery and women’s suffrage would still be valid issues. Overall, the
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Cobb - 2 - article raises very valid points and substantiates its viewpoint. One negative point of this article is that it does not substantiate itself with proven facts, and may not be entirely accurate. Another book reviewed as a potential source was In God We Trust , by Norman Vincent Peale. Peale’s book is solely religiously based. The preface alludes to discussion of the motto on currency; however it is not discussed again throughout the rest of the book. The book is mostly based upon living a fruitful life through religion and positive thinking. It describes many way ones life can be improved through such practices. Because of this fact I did not find this to be a viable resource. An interesting source is a speech made by George W. Bush pertaining to the 50 th anniversary of the national motto. This address was given on July 27, 2006 and lends credence to the national motto. In the speech George W. Bush states: “On the 50th anniversary of our national motto, ‘‘In God We Trust,’’ we reflect on these words that guide millions of Americans, recognize the blessings of the Creator, and offer our thanks for His great gift of liberty. From its earliest days, the United States has been a
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course ENG 122 taught by Professor Skulley during the Spring '08 term at Front Range Community College.

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Review of Sources - Cobb L Cobb Should the National Motto Remain on United States Currency Our national motto"In God We Trust and whether it should

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