A law suit to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency has been dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge.
Michael Newdow, a well-known atheist, filed suit in March of this year claiming that the motto “In God We Trust” is a form of proselytizing that violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.
The suit was brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer, Jr. (a Clinton nominee) ruled against the arguments of the plaintiffs and Newdow, and made these comments:
“The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect, and all circuit courts that have considered this issue — namely the Ninth, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuit –have found no constitutional violation in the motto’s inclusion on currency…. [The plaintiffs] may be inconvenienced or offended by the appearance of the motto on currency, these burdens are a far cry from the coercion, penalty, or denial of benefits required under the ‘substantial burden’ standard [in case law].”
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]