A dollar bill may not hold a lot of purchasing power but words that are printed on the back seem to pack a punch.The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is calling for the removal from "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency.
"It's exclusionary and divisive and takes sides," said Dan Barker Co-President of FFRF.FFRF has even signed on as the major organizational plaintiff in a law suit against the US treasury to have the motto removed, but some Southwest Georgians don't share their belief."You're taking God out of too much and now they want to take it off the money, that's not right," said Mary Washington.Many people we spoke with believe the motto has been on currency forever, but the fact is it hasn't; it didn't start appearing on US currency until the 1950's and by choosing to include it, the FFRF feels the government is excluding those who are non-religious."Millions of good Americans do not trust in God and yet our government tells us we do, that's wrong," said Barker.
Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!Rev. Garrett Andrew, with the First Presbyterian Church in Albany says he doesn't need the phrase printed on the dollar to make him trust in god and the removal of it may even make his job easier. "For purposes of evangelism, if I'm ever going to convince somebody to believe in God and they're already upset because God is shoved in their face by this country then it's hard for me to do my jobs."Whether or not the phrase will be removed will be left up to a judge which may not happen for a while as the complaint has just been filed.