The U.S. Supreme Court has once again rebuffed an atheist attorney, who previously – and unsuccessfully – sought to have references to God removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, the Presidential Oath and in other public venues.
On Monday, the High Court declined to hear the latest case brought by Michael Newdow, this one an effort to remove the motto “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency. The justices turned down the appeal petition for New Doe Child #1 v. The Congress of the United States without comment. Newdow filed the current case on behalf of 43 plaintiffs, including nine children, as he made his second attempt to strip the word God from coins and bills by challenging the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. As with his previous cases, Newdow alleged the government was violating the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.
“When [the child] is confronted with ‘In God We Trust’ on every coin and currency bill she handles or learns about in school, the power and prestige of the federal government is brought to bear upon her with the message that her father’s (and her own) atheism is false,” the complaint read in part.
District Judge Benita Pearson disagreed in a December 2016 decision, saying that no “reasonable viewer would think a person handling money does so to spread its religious message.”
“A person does not own the bills and coins printed by the United States Treasury. The government does not require citizens to display money,” she wrote. “Money does not exist for the express purpose that it be observed and read by the public.”
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the district court last year, saying the motto did not impact free exercise or free speech.
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Source: Christian Headlines