Should the US change the current national motto (In God We Trust) back to the original national motto (E pluribus unum)?
Originally, E pluribus unum was the unofficial, yet universally recognized, motto of the US. In the 50s, during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings and the Smith Act trials (also known as "McCarthyism"), the motto was changed to In God We Trust and was formalized into law.
I understand that God can be defined in many ways, but it's fairly ridiculous to claim that it means anything other than some higher power. However, the motto has no force of law behind it--there's no sanction for not holding to it--so it doesn't fall under the separation of church and state clause.
My thinking is that the 50s are over. The Red Scare is over. The Cold War is over. We should erase the mistakes we made--like changing the motto and adding under God to the Pledge of Allegiance (which also happened around this same time)--and recognize that we are one nation, regardless of our individual religious beliefs.
I do find it interesting, though, that the people who are constantly crowing about taking America back to what the Founding Fathers wanted are often the same people who desperately do not want to go back to the motto that was actually used during the Revolution with the blessing of the Founders. Neither do they want to go back to the Pledge of Allegiance that was actually recited by the soldiers and sailors and workers on the homefront who fought against the very face of evil in World War II.
Anyway, that's my can of worms for the day. Y'all have any thoughts?