Atheists file lawsuit to remove “In God We Trust” from all U.S. currency.
Sacramento attorney Michawl Newdow filed a lawsuit on behalf of 41 plaintiffs from Ohio and Michigan on 1/11 in order to get “In God We Trust” removed from U.S. currency.
The plaintiffs allege that the phrase is “unconstitutional” and in violation of the divide between church and state.
“The ‘In G-d We Trust’ phrase has continued to be a tool used to perpetuate favoritism for (Christian) Monotheism,” the suit contends. “It has also continued to perpetuate anti-Atheistic bias.” Source
Chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulow recent said the suit will inevitably fail.
“Our nation’s history is replete with examples of acknowledgment of religious belief in the public sector, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly referenced the national motto as a legitimate expression of our religious heritage. The Establishment Clause was never intended as a guarantee that a person will not be exposed to religion or religious symbols on public property, and the Supreme Court has rejected previous attempts to eradicate all symbols of this country’s religious heritage from the public’s view,” he wrote.
“Whether it is in the national motto, the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic music, or the nation’s founding documents; such references are wholly consistent with the First Amendment. It’s very likely this new suit will be rejected by the courts – adding to a long list of failures for Newdow.” Source
Given that the United States is facing a myriad of problems ranging from a coming financial collapse to open border policies that threaten our national security, one could argue that this lawsuit is a massive waste of energy and time. Case in point, we’re facing more important issues than whether or not a phrase on the dollar violates the “separation of church and state.”
Furthermore, nobody seems to care about the occult symbol on the dollar bill that has been there for generations.
America, get your priorities in order.