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-‘In God We Trust’ Suit Dismissed

by Dr. D ~ September 16th, 2013

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A lawsuit by atheists to remove the national motto: "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency has been dismissed by a federal district Court.

Here’s the story from the Baptist Press:

A case filed by atheists who want the national motto, "In God We Trust," removed from U.S. currency has been dismissed by a federal district judge in New York.

The ruling was issued Sept. 9 after the judge found the presence of the national motto on currency had not created a "substantial burden" on the plaintiffs, who included 18 atheists and humanists, the New York City Atheists and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. …

(Judge) Baer wrote in his legal opinion dismissing the New York case that the courts have a long history of testing establishment cases.   …

"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," Baer wrote, adding that the courts have distinguished currency because it is normally concealed and doesn’t require an individual to advertise the motto.

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Response: Good decision. The judge found no real burden or basis for standing to challenge the Constitutionality of the national motto. Even though the Supreme Court has ruled in the past on this matter, you can bet that this will not be the end of the efforts of atheist groups to remove it.            *Top

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