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-Federal Court Affirms ‘In God We Trust’

by Dr. D ~ May 29th, 2014

In god we trust

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On Wednesday a federal court upheld the use of our national motto: ‘In God We Trust.’ Here is the story from the Citizen Link:

A federal appeals court said today that our national motto, “In God We Trust,” does not infringe on anyone’s First Amendment rights.

A group of self-identified atheists and secular humanists filed suit last year claiming the use of the motto on U.S. coins and currency violates the Constitution.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Rory Gray said Michael Newdow, who spearheaded the complaint, has filed many similar suits. …

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Response: This is not the first lawsuit against the national motto and it will not be the last. In fact it will probably not be the last that Newdow brings after appealing this decision or starting over with a potentially more sympathetic court.

In his comments concerning this particular case ADF attorney Grey made the following poignant observation:

’…The fact is, our nation was founded on the belief that our rights were God-given, and the national motto is an important recognition of that fact.”

The opposition  notes that “In God We Trust” has only been the ‘official’ US motto since 1956 even though its usage on coins and paper money goes back to 1864 during the civil war. The issue has already been ruled upon once by the Supreme Court back in 1952 at which time the justices noted that the government mention of a Supreme Being did not constitute the establishment of a state church which the Constitution clearly prohibits.

Atheists and secular humanists are not the only folks historically to ever object to the motto’s use. Some believers consider it’s appearance on money to be rather ‘sacrilegious.’                        *Top

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