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Sarah Palin Spreads False Rumor About “In God We Trust” Being Removed From Coins

by @ 8:02 am on November 9, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin started off her talk to a Wisconsin pro-life group with this little rhetorical flourish:

In addition to the suggestion that government officials would consider hastening the death of the infirm or handicapped, she began her remarks with a puzzling commentary on the design of newly minted dollar coins.

Noting that there had been a lot of “change” of late, Palin recalled a recent conversation with a friend about how the phrase “In God We Trust” had been moved to the edge of the new coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” she demanded. “Who makes a decision like that?”

She added: “It’s a disturbing trend.”

Unsaid but implied was that the new Democratic White House was behind such a move to secularize the nation’s currency.

But the new coins – concerns over which apparently stemmed from an email chain letter widely circulated among conservatives – were commissioned by the Republican-led Congress in 2005 and approved by President Bush.

This apparently comes from a chain email when has been circulating for some time — I’ve received it myself, actually — which goes something like this:

new_dollar_coinNEW DOLLAR COIN

This new coin came out this month

The U.S. Mint hopes the redesigned $1 coin will win acceptance with consumers.

It does not have In God We Trust on it. Another way of leaving God out.

Send this on and let consumers decide if it will win acceptance or not.

The problem for Palin, though, is that the claim just isn’t true:

According to the U.S. Mint, an unknown number of new one-dollar George Washington coins (at least 50,000 of them, by one estimate) were erroneously struck without the motto “In God We Trust” and found their way into the batch of 300 million issued on February 15, 2007.

A rumor (see above) began circulating soon afterward to the effect that the religious slogan, which has been a standard inscription on U.S. coins since 1938 and the national motto since 1956, was intentionally omitted from the entire run of one-dollar coins. The rumor is false, though it remains unclear whether it was inspired by the minting error or the fact that the newly designed coin, properly manufactured, bears the inscription “In God We Trust” on its outer edge instead of its face, per the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005:

Here’s what the edge-on inscription looks like on the Presidential coins that included it:


This is the manner on which the nation’s motto appears on the Presidential coins honoring George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. In late 2008, Congress changed the law and instructed the Mint to place the motto on either the back or front of the coin. That design chance will be apparent in the 2009 series of coins, starting with the coin honoring William Henry Harrison.

So, see ? Much ado about nothing to begin with.

And yet another example of an area where Sarah should’ve checked her facts before opening her mouth.

7 Responses to “Sarah Palin Spreads False Rumor About “In God We Trust” Being Removed From Coins”

  1. Rick Sincere says:

    I find it interesting that Sarah Palin calls a single event a “disturbing trend.”

  2. James Bodine says:

    Your piece is deceptive. You insinuate that Sarah Palin said that the motto was removed and implied that the current WH did it. That’s your effort to ascribe to her something that she did not say.
    Strange, you are doing what you accuse her of. Sarah Palin said the Motto was “moved to the edge”.
    She did not say it was removed. What did she say that was not true?

  3. Sarah Palin was the one who implied that there was something insinuous behind the redesign of a coin to move a motto that really shouldn’t be our national motto

  4. Scott Pigeon says:

    I don’t understand how Republicans can claim to be for small government, yet they want government mandated religion shoved down everyone’s throat. Because a theocracy works great for Iran…

  5. Mike says:

    Everything is a disturbing trend to Quitter Sara.

    What should be disturbing is that anyone thinks a quitter is relevant in the national discussion.

  6. James Bodine: When Sarah says ‘recent’ conversation with a friend … and calls it a ‘trend’ … that indeed implies something ‘new’.

    BTW .. this dumb email has been circulating on her OFFICIAL Facebook site, so that is where she heard of it from a friend, I bet.

    If Sarah is too dumb and ‘uncurious’ to check out an email, why would anyone think she has taken the time to read the 2,000page HC bill when she says the ‘death panels’ are still there, or whatever other NONSENSE she is repeating, unchallenged by the Choir of Ignorance to which she preaches?

  7. Kris says:

    To James Bodine – just the phrase “there has been a lot of ‘change’ of late” smacks of a dig against President Obama. She knows exactly what she is saying or hopes will be inferred. Any time this woman has an opportunity to blast Obama whether it’s made-up or not, she goes for it. Her followers really don’t care whether her statements are based on truth – I think you know this, though.

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