The #SupremeCourt rejected a case today to remove “In God We Trust” from all coins and currency from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Michael Newdow, the same activist attorney who tried to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, argued Congress’ mandate to inscribe “In God We Trust” on currency was a government endorsement of religion, and a violation of the First Amendment, according to @foxnews.
Newdow argued in his petition to the Supreme Court that because his clients are all atheist individuals or atheist groups, the government violated his clients’ “sincere religious belief” that there is no God, and turned them into “political outsiders” by placing the phrase “In God We Trust” on their money.
The justices rejected Newdow’s petition without comment. The phrase, which has been considered “America’s motto,” was first put on an American coin in 1864, due to “increased religious sentiment.” It was added to both coins and paper currency in 1955.
Newdow has been known for his activist work. He also tried to silence prayer and any religious references at the inaugurations of both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
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