From the Associated Press comes this story (Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of this post which will allow you to vote on the MSNBC site, answering this question: "Should the motto 'In God We Trust' be removed from U.S. currency?")
SAN FRANCISCO – An atheist who has spent four
years trying to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from being recited in
public schools is now challenging the motto printed on U.S. currency
because it refers to God.
Newdow seeks to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and dollar
bills, claiming in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the motto is
an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, used a similar argument when he
challenged the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools because it
contains the words “under God.”
He took his pledge fight to the U.S. Supreme
Court, which in 2004 said he lacked standing to bring the case because
he did not have custody of the daughter he sued on behalf of.
identical lawsuit later brought by Newdow on behalf of parents with
children in three Sacramento-area school districts is pending with the
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, after a Sacramento federal judge sided
with Newdow in September. The judge stayed enforcement of the decision
pending appeal, which is expected to reach the Supreme Court.
first authorized a reference to God on a two-cent piece in 1864. The
action followed a request by the director of the U.S. Mint, who wrote
there should be a “distinct and unequivocal national recognition of the
divine sovereignty” on the nation’s coins.
1955, the year after Congress inserted the words “under God” in the
Pledge of Allegiance, Congress required all currency to carry the motto
“In God We Trust.”
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