In God We Trust

The Sun News Online writes that The Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Peter J. Akinola has raised an alarm over increases in moral decay in society which has negative impact on Christian faith.

Bishop Akinola however described the trend as worrisome events that have gradually caught up all over the world adding, “We are in perilous times that Christians must be watchful to ensure that they are not deceived into compromising their faith.

The Primate stated that it has gradually become fashionable to remove the historic emblems of Christian faith such as ‘cross’ and even the ‘Christ’ from the public domain.


Primate Akinola further observed with dismay that though the founding fathers of the United States inserted In God We Trust, in their currency, anti-Christ agents are threatening to erase it.

Actually, Archbishop Akinola, the “founding fathers” did not put this phrase on US currency HERE is the history of In God We Trust:

The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout persons throughout the country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity on United States coins.

The Congress passed the Act of April 22, 1864. This legislation changed the composition of the one-cent coin and authorized the minting of the two-cent coin. The Mint Director was directed to develop the designs for these coins for final approval of the Secretary. IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin.

A law passed by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84-140) and approved by the President on July 30, 1956, the President approved a Joint Resolution of the 84th Congress, declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States. IN GOD WE TRUST was first used on paper money in 1957, when it appeared on the one-dollar silver certificate.

Addendum: The Church of Nigeria’s full statement is here. An excerpt:

The Primate observed with dismay that though the founding fathers of the United States of America inserted “In God We Trust” in their coin, modern anti-Christ agents, in the name of civil liberties, are hell bent to erase God not only from the American currency, but also from the entire public domain including schools. He called for tolerance and reciprocity in religion.

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