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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 6, February 6, 2000, Article 7

THOUGHTS ON "IN GOD WE TRUST"   

   In response to last week's featured web site about the  
   motto "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins, subscriber  
   Leonard Augsburger writes: "Maybe this is off topic, but  
   the verbiage "separation of church and state" appears  
   nowhere in the Constitution.   

   What it does say is that Congress shall make no law  
   regarding the establishment of religion.  The context, the  
   reference, was to the Church of England and to the  
   monarch established as head of both church and state.   

   There is a difference between coinage depicting the motto  
   "In God We Trust" and Bill Clinton declaring himself to be  
   the head of the Christian church in America, and the courts  
   have consistently ruled thus."  

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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