I saw a comment on another blog in which the commenter said that he knew that this country was founded as a christian nation because "In God We Trust" is printed on our money. An interesting web site should correct that notion for anyone who checks it. The motto first appeared on coins in 1864.
More significantly, this is one of those things that I consider to be image-conscious. China officially calls itself the "People's Republic" of China. Is anyone fooled?