Does anyone else find this to be disgusting? From both a secular and a theological point of view, it seems hard to argue that it's not at least a little bit revolting. How did the theists of the time let something like this happen?
I don't think it is "disgusting." It is the US government's attempt to imitate the Romans. Lincoln is sitting at his monument posed like Jupiter and Jefferson is in a mock Roman Rotunda...
If you look at the paiting you'll notice that Mercury is actually giving Robert Morris coins..