2016 Mark Twain Coins Certain to Ignite Controversy

A controversy is brewing in America. There they go again. Controversies have been with us since Cain argued with Abel (no apologies to the Bible haters... more on that soon).

Expect this debate to hit a fever pitch in 2016. Are we talking presidential politics here? No, but for many, this topic evokes more passion than choosing the next leader of the free world.

Here is the teaser: Sometime in 2016, the US Mint is releasing $1 silver and $5 gold coins to commemorate American author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910). Take a look at the prospective designs below. Can you figure out what has caused so many people to get their panties caught in a wad? (hint: you do not need a magnifying lens). Give it your best shot, then continue on to the next paragraph.

2016 Mark Twain Silver Dollar

2016 Mark Twain $5 gold Half Eagle

Readers conversant in history and modern day culture may have picked up quickly on the source of the hullabaloo. For a significant segment of our population, the four words "In God We Trust" on United States money arouses more genuine concern than our $17 trillion national debt.

The anti-religion zealots are offended this time because one of their heroes, Mark Twain, expressed some distrust of organized faith, Christianity in particular. They find it ironic and distasteful that a coin stuck in Twain's honor would bear a reference to the Lord.

Although he was not a full-throated atheist, Twain had this to say about trust in God:

"It is simple, direct, gracefully phrased; it always sounds well -- In God We Trust. I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true."

Twain sarcastically proposed the motto be modified on United States coinage to say:

"Within certain judicious limitations we trust in God".

Twain further expounded...

"If there isn't enough room on the coin for this, why, enlarge the coin."

Like the jumping frog from Twain's Calaveras County, we get the same reaction from the usual suspects when "In God We Trust" is put out on the table for discussion. To be fair, it's not just one side that instinctively leaps at the mere mention of God. Recall the outcry in 2007 when some of the faithful incorrectly thought the motto had been omitted from the new presidential dollar coins (it was inconspicuously stamped on the coin edge). Nevertheless, the Mint relocated the motto to the coin's obverse to mute the criticism.

This debate had its origins long ago. The first circulating United States coin to bear "In God We Trust" appeared on the two-cent piece of 1864, but the motto inclusion wasn't mandated by law until 1955. It is true not everyone approved of the deity reference (for example, President Theodore Roosevelt wanted the motto removed in 1907 from the new St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle, on the grounds it was sacrilegious), but it wasn't until the radical Age of Aquarius crowd gained influence in the 1960's that the effort to eradicate all vestiges of religion from the public square began to gather steam.

Mostly comprised of Lefties and their seemingly unwitting Libertarian allies, they've fought multiple times through the court system to remove "In God We Trust" from US money, heretofore failing on every occasion. Over the last 50 years, it's about the only extended loosing streak they've suffered. Since then, they've seized control of the schools, Hollywood, the media, our health care system, the federal bureaucracy, as well as many state and local governments, all while disregarding Constitutional barriers whenever necessary. Their coup d'état of American tradition is approaching its climax, coinciding with Barack Obama's final months in office.

Will the coming Mark Twain coin controversy initiate another attack on religion in 2016? Let's put it this way: Does a cat have whiskers? Did Hillary Clinton lie about her emails? Like the "Terminator" cyborg, they just keep charging. The goal is to advance their agenda in all ways at all times, and that includes removing God from our money. They expect us to react by going to the corner of the room, roll up in a little ball and suck our thumbs while they continue to dismantle what little is left of this country.

Who can blame them for thinking this way? Hasn't this been our default posture since the beginning of the culture war?

Expect the clause "separation of church and state" to be foisted up endlessly in editorials, online commentary, around the water cooler, or anywhere else people gather. Like a stale fart that won't leave the room, this canard has been paramount in the leftwing lexicon for decades. Most of the parrots who spout this nonsense have been indoctrinated to believe these words are actually written into the Constitution. They're not.

The Founders intended for the government never to establish a state religion, ala the Church of England, or something akin to the theocracy ruling Iran today. This guarantee is enshrined in the First Amendment. To reference the Almighty on a coin does not establish or endorse any particular faith or tenet of a religion. Why is this so hard for secularists to understand? Oh, they understand, alright. The elitist leaders among them view this controversy through the prism of total power and control, and the "In God We Trust" debate is just a convenient vehicle to drive their agenda forward.

For the atheists who exercise their right not to believe in God and are opposed to the motto based on principle, please stop trying to impose your beliefs on everyone else. You're a small minority and should not dictate to the majority on this type of debate. If handling money with God's name on it is like touching Kryptonite, why don't you use a credit card? Almost all merchants accept them these days.

As we engage the godless opposition in the upcoming Mark Twain debate, do not expect any of the diehards to give an inch. They fully ignore the simplicity and clarity of the First Amendment. They are less tolerant and more rigid than the "Bible thumpers" they so despise. Rather, appeal to open-minded observers who are earnestly seeking the truth. Also, we need to remind the secularists they haven't won total control of everything, yet.

Mark Twain was a proud American. I wonder what he would say about those who would hijack the celebration of a coin issued in his memory to accelerate the fundamental transformation of America from the world's foremost military and economic superpower to a second-rate nation? If only they and their progeny had to live in the world they're creating for us all.

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