The United States made a historical move late last week and declined to take up a legal challenge from an Atheist who wanted to remove “In God We Trust” on all U.S. coins and currency.
As noted by the Washington Examiner, the nation’s highest court rejected the challenge from atheist Michael Newdow, who claimed the inclusion of the phrase on American currency violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The Establishment Clause declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
A 1955 law passed by Congress requires all currency to include the phrase “In God We Trust,” but it actually first appeared on coins dating all the way back to 1864.
Here’s more from the Examiner:
Newdow claimed that “by mandating the inscription of facially religious text on every coin and currency bill,” the government thereby deemed atheists “political outsiders.”
The lawsuit also argued that the phrase violated the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it forces “Petitioners (who are Atheists) to bear and proselytize that Montheistic message.”
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Newdow’s case in 2018, arguing the phrase “does not compel citizens to engage in a religious observance.” The Supreme Court elected not to rule on the case, instead letting the circuit court’s decision stand.
Newdow has brought forth other challenges to what he perceives as government endorsements of religion. In 2004, he unsuccessfully argued the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the First Amendment.
Newdow also tried to stop the phrase “So help me God” from being used in the 2009, 2013, and 2017 presidential inauguration ceremonies, but was unsuccessful in court.
The Examiner notes that Newdow has a long history of trying to legally challenge the federal government from using phrases that include the word “God.”
Newdow has mounted several challenges to what he claims is the government’s unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
In 2004, he brought a case arguing the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the First Amendment, though was unsuccessful before the Supreme Court.
He also sought to block Chief Justice John Roberts from saying the phrase “So help me God” while administering the presidential oath of office to President Barack Obama during his inauguration in 2009.
Newdow also sought to stop the phrase from being recited in the 2013 and 2017 inaugurations. A federal court threw out that lawsuit, and the Supreme Court in 2011 declined to take up the case.
While it’s true that the First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” the Supreme Court didn’t feel that the motto was in violation of any laws.
And, more importantly, the SCOTUS completely dismissed the case without even feeling the need to explain why.
Another day, another failed anti-religious lawsuit from a deranged liberal.