Now this is my kind of money. Why this isn't done on all money is bothersome -- hardly the gravest problem facing the country, to be sure, but irritating all the same.
Come on, believers -- do you really think God cares about whether our currency acknowledges his existence or not? I seem to recall a story about someone else handling a piece of currency and saying "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's." So of course not. That phrase isn't on our currency to please God, so it must be there to please believers. And that makes it an Establishment of Religion.
It's a good bet that you're Christian if you're still not convinced. So think about how you'd feel if if our money said "In Kali We Trust" or "In Allah We Trust" instead. After all, the money doesn't specify which God is the repository of our national trust... but then you'd have to be pretty dim to think that any god but Jehovah was intended to be thus honored.
The Mint is likely to correct its "mistake" and stamp coins bearing the technical violation of the First Amendment in the future and these coins will have value for collectors and not be circulated. If they were, I bet they'd spend just as well as other kinds of money.
Now if you ask me, the real problem with these new coins is that they have a really scary picture of good ol' George:
Recall, if you will, the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror in which zombies tried to eat the brains of the residents of Springfield, and Homer defended his family from the likes of undead Albert Einstein with a shotgun. That picture looks a lot like zombie George Washington.
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