Obama Removing "In God We Trust" From Currency?

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In God We Trust Removed from Currency
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A viral "news article" circulating online claims President Obama has ordered the National Reserve to remove the motto "In God We Trust" from all U.S. currency. However, there is no record of the Obama administration proposing, let alone ordering, such a measure.

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: May 2014
Status: False (details below)

Example:
Via NationalReport.net, May 24, 2014:

Obama To Remove “In God We Trust” From All Currency Beginning July 1st

Washington, DC — Beginning July 1st the Federal Reserve along with the United States Department of the Treasury will begin printing all currency, which includes all notes and coins, without the words ‘In God We Trust‘. This modification comes under strict orders from President Barack Obama and his administration.

Obama held a press conference this morning to explain the impending change and to answer questions.


Analysis: This is satire, not fact, though many readers will probably be confused by the fact that a petition exists on the official White House website urging that the words "In God We Trust" be kept on U.S. currency and the Obama administration "must be stopped at all costs" from accomplishing its alleged aim of removing it.

At no time did the Obama administration propose or order the removal of the religious motto from coins or currency.

Moreover, the petition was started by the same person who authored the fake news article, Paul Horner (who also posts under various pseudonyms, including "Darius Rubics").

Origin

The story originated on NationalReport.net, a satirical website with a long track record of purposely offending readers and fomenting outrage by falsely claiming that controversial measures have been undertaken by government officials. From time to time, the site has run disclaimers acknowledging that its content is fictional, but there was no such disclaimer in evidence when the above article went viral.

(Update: As of our January 2016 update of this page, National Report had restored its disclaimer, which reads as follows: "National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news.

Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.")

Atheists vs. "In God We Trust"

There are, in fact, atheists who argue that "In God We Trust" should be removed from U.S. currency in the interests of maintaining the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state, and some have gone so far as to file lawsuits (unsuccessfully) demanding such a change. Barack Obama has never taken a public stand on the issue, though he once accused Congressional Republicans of having their priorities mixed up when they voted to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto.

Previous viral articles from National Report have included "Obama Announces Plans for a Third Term," "California Allows State-Recognized Animal-Human Marriage," and "Assam Rape Festival in India Begins This Week."

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Related article:
'In God We Trust' Omitted From New Dollar Coin?

Sources and further reading:

Atheists Lose Battle to Have 'In God We Trust' Removed From U.S. Currency
Huffington Post, 12 September 2013

Obama Rips Republicans for House Vote on 'In God We Trust'
The Hill, 2 November 2011