Originally posted by scherzo
The whole religion-ist part of US culture (i.e. "In God We Trust," "One nation under God," swearing on the Bible, etc.) was added during the McCarthy era when people were terrified of being atheist.
What did people swear on before that?
Frankly, I know some about US history, but not all the specifics. I do know some of it predates the 50's though. I know the "under god" part of the pledge came from.
However, god being on currency goes further back:
The McCarty era was more about rooting out commies than atheists. The thing was that they saw communism as linked to atheism so the US wanted to distinguish ourselves from the "godless commies" etc..
I do think we should swear on the flag though. That would make more sense than a "holy" book.