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Atheists Fail to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Money After Court Defeat, Call It ‘Utterly Revolting’

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Atheists who failed to remove the national motto “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and bills following an appeals court defeat have called their loss “utterly revolting.”

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, upheld in a 3-0 decision on Tuesday a lower court ruling from December 2016 that found that the national motto on money did not violate First Amendment free speech and religious rights.

As the New Doe Child # 1 v. The Congress of the United States case explains, 27 individuals who are atheists or children of atheists, along with two atheist organizations, declared that they “definitely do not trust in God.”

Circuit Judge Raymond Gruender explained that the motto did not constitute an establishment of religion, however, and rejected the argument that the atheists are being forced to uphold a message that goes against their beliefs by carrying money.

Gruender agreed with the Seventh Circuit that the arguments that “In God We Trust” on money transforms a constitutional practice into an unconstitutional establishment of religion is “too simplistic.”

“The Constitution does not prevent the Government from promoting and ‘celebrat[ing] our tradition of religious freedom,’ even if the means of doing so — here, adding the national motto to U.S. money — was motivated ‘in part because of religious sentiment.’ Placing ‘In God We Trust’ on coins and currency is consistent with historical practices,” he added.

Michael Newdow, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, told Reuters in an email that it is “utterly revolting” that “the history of governmental denigration of a suspect class should trump [the] principle” that neutrality be the “touchstone” for analyzing claims under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Non-profit law firm Becket said that crucial to the Eighth Circuit’s decision was the law group’s argument in a 2014 Supreme Court case, which stated that all Establishment Clause rulings must align with U.S. history on religion in the public square.

“The good news is you no longer need to be afraid that the pennies in your pocket are gateway drugs to theocracy,” said Diana Verm, counsel at Becket.

“The Court was right to say that the First Amendment does not ban ‘In God We Trust.’ For too long, the country has been stuck in what Justice [Neil] Gorsuch once described as ‘Establishment Clause purgatory.’ The court’s decision today is a huge step towards setting things right.”

Newdow has in the past failed in several litigation challenges against the “under God” phrase in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.

Becket argued that the atheist lawyer operates under the Supreme Court’s so-called Lemon test, from Lemon v. Kurtzman in 1971, rather than the Supreme Court’s most recent Establishment Clause case, Town of Greece v. Galloway in 2013.

“In God We Trust” has been in the center of much debate in the country. In August, a sweeping education bill signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott came into effect, which required all school buildings in the state to display the national motto.

Florida Democratic House member Kimberly Daniels, who sponsored the bill, said in March that “something so great should not be hidden.”

Chris Walker, a Lake County pastor, testified for the bill: “This motto has been part of our history, it’s been part of our nation. The principles that we stand on, and our forefathers created, was in God we trust.”

Reprinted with permission from - Christian Post - by Stoyan Zaimov

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Army Vet

Atheists are utterly irrational. If God doesn’t exist as they claim then why do they expend all that energy and treasure to delete all mention of Him? Easy solution: if you don’t like what is printed on our money – don’t use it.
Matter of fact send it to me and I will insure that it is disposed of in a safe, and professional manner! LOL

Richard Camp

Atheist took God out of our schools. How is that working for You?

William Brooke

It’s too bad we don’t sing the last stanza of the Star Spangled Banner as we sang it when I was in Middle School (1941). I seem to remember singing the first and last stanzas. The Star Spangled Banner became our National Anthem in 1931. O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand, Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that has made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave! The motto “In God is our trust” isn’t going away… it’s burned into our hearts.

June J

They can always just use credit cards. Then it will only have their name on it, not our magnificent God’s name.

Dolores Adams

The athiests are the ones who are utterly revolting.

Janice

Yay for our American rights. George Soros and his money groups are NOT going to put God out of America. And yay for President Trump for keeping his promises!! He has become quite the champion for people of faith!!! Thank you for your Supreme Court Justice nominees. And making it safe to be people of faith in America again!!!!!

Michael

Fantastic news !

Bill Oborne

I just had to leave my thoughts. And after reading some of yours I understand that things are a bit better here in FL. Mr grandchildren still pledge allegiance to our flag first thing in the morning at school. And a quiet time is had so if you want to pray you can and they go to church with us so they are getting a basis in religion. But after reading the headline about the atheists failing to change the currency to remove “In God we trust”, and the fact that they were appalled at the decision calling it “Utterly revolting”, I have to disagree. I think that the court’s decision to decline to spend millions just to change a few words for a very few people was correct. And the fact that this group would even attempt it is, to me, not only “Utterly revolting” but also “Absolutely Deplorable”!

Paul W

The left wants God taken out of the equation because without God, your human rights are endowed by government. Sorry lefties…wrong answer. Our rights come from God and the Constitution assures that they won’t be infringed on. That’s why the left wants God and the Constitution completely marginalized.

Phyllis Poole

This is the work of the devil. Otherwise anyone not believing in God would scoff at our belief and go on With their life without more ado

Donald Tucker

Our rights are given by our Creator. Atheists don’t have to acknowledge the Creator to enjoy these rights; So Just shut up and enjoy the ride.

Liam

The people who use the “Separation of Church and State” phrase usually refer to Jefferson’s “Wall of separation” letter as a basis for their argument. It’s my understanding that letter had nothing to do with our banning religion form the halls of government. It simply addressed the notion that there would be no official government church; that the people would be free to worship their God as they saw fit in whatever church they chose. There would be no official government church such as the Church of England that they broke away from when they left England. “In God We Trust” makes no reference to any particular church, therefore, maintains the separation of church and state.

Jan

They don’t mind spending money or getting donations though, do they?

Andy

WOW! A little bit of Common Sense, finally!

Garland Young

God was in this country long before you were my suggestion LEAVE.

Kim

Let me get this straight. According to the sentiments expressed here, atheists are irrational, revolting, colluding with the devil, uncharitable, deplorable, and the cause of all the trouble in public schools. Why, one of you implied that all atheists are democRats! Many of you suggest that they should hand over their money before they exit the country. Mountain Man said, “Our belief is that God does exist.” Angela said that those who don’t believe in God should “shut up about it” because they’re in the minority. The battle waged between those with religion and those without is the longest fight in human history. And it’s not likely ever to be resolved. There will always be wars fought not just over tangibles, such as land or resources, but also over ideologies. As long as people are capable of individual thought, and live their lives honestly according to their convictions, there will… Read more »

Barb

Why don’t people like this put all that energy into trying to make our country better for all the people who are starving, homeless, addicted to drugs. etc.? Those are worthy causes!

Leta

I just have one word for that wonderful news! Hallelujah!!!!!!

Pearl

BRAVO!!!

Elton L Moose

Wonderful news!