|In USPS We Trust|
(1/22/2003) The nuances of the constitutional separation of church and state and the appropriateness of God in things like the national motto, our currency and the pledge of allegiance have been the thing of debate for decades. With the proliferation of e-mail, each time this debate is resolved in favor of the state over the church, calls to action are issued far and wide.
Since September 11, 2001, many companies and institutions have been chastised for apparently choosing political correctness over patriotism and religion. Examples include outrage over Dr. Pepper leaving "Under God" off cans featuring the Pledge of Allegiance and Golden Corral leaving "God" out of "God Bless America" in a window display. The chain letters about these situations were founded on truth, but didn't tell the whole story - or at least didn't tell it well. Not surprisingly, this is also the case with this one.
The posters in question were donated to public buildings in Montgomery County, Texas by Frank P. Williamson in 2002. They feature the words "In God We Trust" over an image of a waving American flag and identify the phrase as the national motto of the United States.
The decision was not in response to "people that think that anything that offends them should be removed," nor was it motivated by the United States Constitution - It was in response to a clear-cut violation of regulations that would have gotten any poster, regardless of its contents, removed. What got pulled from those Texas post offices was the improperly displayed posters, not the motto.
Should you write "In God We Trust" on all your mail? Sure, why not - It is our national motto. But, don't think you're getting one over on the system. The post office openly endorses the national motto, and its use on currency and in public buildings (if displayed according to any appropriate regulation) is still constitutional per a 1970 Supreme Court ruling. In fact, since this letter began circulating, the U.S. Postal Service has commissioned a poster similar to Mr. Williamson's to be posted in all Post offices. Break this chain.