Judge Rules 'In God We Trust' Can Remain on Coins, Currency|
September 20, 2013
A New York federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to remove the words “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and currency.
Atheist groups and others had argued that the national motto has a religious connotation that violates the separation of church and state.
U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. in dismissing the case wrote that “The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect: and that federal appeals courts “have found no constitutional violation in the motto’s inclusion on currency.”
He added that while the plaintiffs might feel offended, they suffered no “substantial burden.”
Prior to Baer’s order, the American Center for Law and Justice filed an amicus brief in support of the United States’ motion to have the case dismissed. It argued that “[i]t is commonly understood that our government, its Constitution, and its laws are founded on a belief in God.”
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