Everyone knows the official motto of the United States: In God we Trust. According to Wikipedia’s article, United States national motto, it wasn’t adopted until 1956, during the Eisenhower administration. Before that, the only official motto we had was on the seal: E Pluribus Unum.
But what about on the nation’s coinage? We found an article at the CNN website which is rather enlightening: First U.S. penny sold for $1.2 million. They say, with bold font added by us:
It sold for nearly $1.2 million Thursday night at an auction in Baltimore.
We don’t care. We only want to know what the motto was on the coin. We’re always being told that the Founders were creationists. See, for example: The Founders Rejected Evolution?, and also ICR: America’s Creationist Founders, and also Answers in Genesis: An Ark-Load of Nonsense. Surely the motto on the first US penny should reflect the Founders’ creationist views. CNN says:
The coin, known as the “Birch Cent,” was made in 1792, months after the one-cent denomination was first authorized by Congress, according to the auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
The motto — what was the motto? Let’s read on:
It was made in a trial run for the penny, and depicts Lady Liberty. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington discussed the design in letters dated August 1792, before it was presented to Congress as an option for the new coin.
Whoa — Jefferson and Washington discussed the design? Then the motto should be very interesting. What was it?
The story doesn’t say. However, the CNN article has a picture of the front and back of the coin. The motto is very legible. It says: “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”
That’s odd. After reading what the creationists tell us about US history, and how all the Founders were creationists, it should have said something like “Evolution Is a Lie from the Pit of Hell!” Something’s wrong here. We’re very confused.
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