Monday, November 21, 2005

A Dollar For Your Thoughts?

A while ago I posted about this very subject, since then I have actually begun to participate in it, and today I am once again bringing it to your attention. The activity is what I call Godoffing - or the removal of "God" from the "In God We Trust" printed on all of our dollar bills. I feel strongly about this, so strongly that, for the next two sentences, I will type in all capitals. IT IS STUPID TO HAVE A "GOD" ON THE NATIONAL CURRENCY OF A SOCIETY WHICH CLAIMS TO HAVE DIVIDED ITSELF FROM THE CHURCH. IT'S IDIOT, WRONG, AND MUST BE STOPPED.

To borrow a comment made on Skeptic Rant, this is bringing the battle to the home ground. It's infinitely easier to ignore an atheist wacko you see on the news than it is to disregard the message clearly labeled on the bill clutched in your hand.

Yes, technically this is illegal. But the law against it only marginally applies to this and really means not to write cusses etc. on your bills. And besides, this is an unenforceable law that is utterly victimless and for a good cause.

So here's the simple "how to" for those of you that don't already know. There are two ways to do this:
1. Buy a stamp. The specified selling of these stamps is illegal, however, you can buy a stamp custom made from places like or
2. If your like me and don't have the fund or the want to purchase a professional God-offer, you can just use a sharpie and black out the "God" part.

To show your support of this movement you can visit the official website God Off Money. Com and learn more about it. You can even get a site badge to publicly show your support.

Every bill you fix is just one more bill that will be carried by thousands of people in its lifetime. It takes almost no time to whip out a sharpie or a stamp and correct the mistake made on bills. Think about it.

Thank you for your time.

P.S. apologies for the length of time between posts. I don't know about the other contributors, but Seth and I were both involved in our school's variety show, which has taken up most of the day for the past two weeks.


At 11/22/2005 7:52 AM, Blogger Advocate of the Browns said...

great idea. i'll start doing that. maddy was also in her own frosh show on the same days.

God offing seems to be highly effective, but may be illegal. we are not allowed to deface currency...i think.

At 11/22/2005 5:43 PM, Blogger Enil Edam said...

He's right on that.

It's illegal technically to do it. And I understand where you're coming from, but a more effective way may be to write a letter of complaint to the National Treasury or to whomever it may concern.

I know I for one, don't look at the money I'm handling enough to notice things like that. But your idea's in the right place.

At 11/22/2005 5:47 PM, Blogger seth said...

You should read The Treasury Department has specified that it is only illegal to deface money if you do so with the intent to render in unfit for reissue, or advertise on it.

Furthermore, the TD has told that it has no problem with what they do, as long as they do not sell stamps.

And no, Maddy, writing a letter won't do anything. We need to raise awareness among the public.

At 11/22/2005 6:18 PM, Blogger Enil Edam said...

How do you plan on raising awareness among the public?

Write letters to the editor and maybe get a movement of people to write one letter every day to the treasury.

Sure one letter may not do much, but there's power in numbers.

Crossing out the word on the currency just won't cut it.

At 11/22/2005 6:26 PM, Blogger seth said...

"Every bill you fix is just one more bill that will be carried by thousands of people in its lifetime. It takes almost no time to whip out a sharpie or a stamp and correct the mistake made on bills. Think about it."

At 11/22/2005 7:39 PM, Blogger Enil Edam said...

Do you look at every bill you handle?

Let's be honest here, I really don't look at the dollar bills I handle. Even if they do happen to have sharpie or something else on them, so simply marking the bills doesn't seem like a paritcularly useful solution.

At 11/22/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger seth said...

Well, yeah, I look at them, for the most part.

But hey, I'm weird. The Internet told me, so it must be true.

At 11/23/2005 1:56 PM, Blogger Lucy said...

The thing is, you can remove the word "God" from every inch of the planet, but you will not remove God. He's not going anywhere. He always was. He'll always be. He was here before there was an alphabet. He's much bigger than those three little letters that keep you so upset. You could permanently remove all evidence that anyone ever believed in God and you still wouldn't be able to remove the thought of Him from even your own mind.

At 11/23/2005 4:35 PM, Blogger seth said...

Thank you, Lucy. Because of your swaying words, I have decided to convert to Christianity. Praise be.

At 11/23/2005 10:12 PM, Anonymous Advocate of the Browns said...

Lucy, why do you continually vist and comment on a site that is against all you believe in just to get into pointless arguments on which of us is right? It's not even like they are forcing their beliefs on you. You are the one who keeps coming here to get into these crap arguments. Stop being so pugnacious and stop coming here if you object to the material so much. I'm not saying that your presence is bad. I'm saying what you do here is annoying. We don't come to your blog and pick pointless fights.

At 11/23/2005 11:02 PM, Blogger Enil Edam said...

Rohan, that's out of line and you know it.

What Lucy's saying is good stuff. It actually makes atheiests challenge their own ideas.

So don't try and shut her down and just say she's being pugnacious because it's unreasonable and unfair to say such.

By not agreeing with her and explaining why, we can actually have an argument like civilized people. Let's not resort to name-calling and other stupid things as such.

At 11/24/2005 11:05 AM, Blogger Lucy said...

I promise you I have absolutely nothing against you. I was an atheist at one time. I know why it's so hard to believe. I lay a lot of the blame on Christians. We make it hard to believe. There are so many who talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. I'm really not trying to pick a fight, but trying to clear up some of the confusion that's been caused by fellow Christians.

At 11/24/2005 6:10 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

OK then Lucy. Lets cover all the angles then. Instead of wiping out the "In god we trust", lets add a little "s" after "god". After all, we wouldn't want to upset Krishna, Zoroaster or the Flying Spaghetti Monster now, right? Hurricane Katrina happened because we failed to pray to Poseidon, don't you know?

At 11/25/2005 12:38 AM, Anonymous Advocate of the Browns said...

Sorry Lucy. I reallize i was a bit mean and unjust to you. I've been being pretty irritable for the past few weeks. Sorry once again.

At 12/01/2005 12:28 PM, Blogger Delta said...

There must be a handbook somewhere for christians that says that they should all proclaim that they were atheists once. An atheist could become agnostic or even possibly a deist if they didn't really understand atheism well, but they would not become a full-fledged evangelical christian. Although I suppose it could happen if they went through a very traumatic experience and couldn't cope with it, but I doubt that's generally the case.

At 12/01/2005 4:05 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

Delta, how is it possible that you don't believe that an atheist could become an evangelical Christian? That makes not an ounce of sense. It's a matter of going from unbelief to belief. I don't see the problem with that. And it doesn't take not being able to deal with a traumatic event to become a believer. Explain "not understand atheism well" to me. What is there to not understand about "don't believe"?


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