Here’s a little common sense from our judiciary system.
A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a Satanist’s lawsuit to have the motto “In God We Trust” from American currency.
In the lawsuit, Mayle – an avowed “Satanist” – argued that the motto forced him to propagate a religious view he opposes, violating his constitutional rights, SFGate reports.
But on Wednesday, Judge Amy St. Eve tossed out Mayle’s claim. She cited a long-standing Supreme Court Ruling concluding that a motto on currency isn’t something that people display prominently, so it can’t be argued they are forced to “publicly advertise” views that clash with theirs.
Mayle said he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.
For years, ardent secularist Michael Newdow has made a career using the same argument – that “In God We Trust” is unconstitutional on our currency and must be removed.
Newdow, a doctor, lawyer and ordained minister of the First Atheist Church of True Science, has sued and lost many actions against the federal government, Congress, and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for official references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance, inauguration speeches, opening prayers, and currency.
Newdow typically argues these references violate the Constitution’s First Amendment, which prevents the federal government from establishing any state religion. He makes the argument again in this appeal to the 6th Circuit Court, but given its failure in the Second Circuit three years ago, he is hedging his bets with a paradoxical wrinkle.
His latest argument is that every federal reference to God discriminates against his own belief that there is no God. Newdow likens “In God We Trust” to the maintenance of “separate but equal” public facilities for white and African Americans in pre-1960s southern U.S. states.
“How can you not compare those?” argues Newdow. “What is the difference there? Both of them [whites and blacks] got equal water. They both had access. It was government saying that it’s OK to separate out these two people on the basis of race. Here we’re saying it’s OK to separate two people on the basis of their religious beliefs.”
The U.S. Treasury is Newdow’s legal target, but he has never won a case.
Congress made “In God We Trust” the national motto in 1956, but it has appeared on coins for a century before that. It originated, in slightly different form, in the fourth stanza of The Star-Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key while observing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. It became the national anthem in 1931.
Newdow’s argument for more than a decade has been that the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment of the Constitution bans any official reference to God. But Becket’s Verm told LifeSiteNews, “You have to look at the historical purpose of the clause.” This, she said, was to prevent the federal government from creating a state religion or adopting and supporting any existing denomination as the national religion.
What do you think? Are you offended by “In God We Trust?” And even if you were, why should anyone care? Sound off below!