Today’s the anniversary of a petty mistake.

Today, 55 years ago, in an effort to thumb our collective noses at the godless communists of Russia, “In God We Trust” first appeared on paper currency.

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. The first paper currency bearing the motto entered circulation on October 1, 1957. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) was converting to the dry intaglio printing process. During this conversion, it gradually included IN GOD WE TRUST in the back design of all classes and denominations of currency.

And in 55 years, little has changed: people still use god as a taunt and as a way to feel superior.

Go to an ATM, withdraw some paper currency, and spend it on something sinful.  Piss god off by enjoying the hell out of it.

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