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posted Friday, January 15, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 03
In God We Trust
Atheist sues to get slogan off U.S. currency
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In God We Trust
Atheist sues to get slogan off U.S. currency

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An atheist activist is suing to get the familiar slogan 'In God We Trust' removed from U.S. currency. And in an unexpected twist, he's using the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case for backup.

Michael Newdow and 40 other plaintiffs filed suit in federal court against Congress, the federal government, the Secretary of the Treasury, and others, charging that the defendants have imposed on their beliefs by forcing them to circulate currency that proclaims a belief in God.

Many of the plaintiffs remain unnamed, but the named plaintiffs include the Michigan Atheists and Northern Ohio Freethought Society groups, and one believer, Adam Clayman.

'By placing 'In G-d We Trust' on the nation's coins and currency bills,' the plaintiffs' filing says, 'Defendants have substantially burdened Plaintiffs in the exercise of their Atheistic (and similar) beliefs by requiring them - as the price to pay for using the nation's coins and currency bills - to personally bear a religious message that is the antithesis of what they consider to be religious truth.

'Similar, for Plaintiff Clayman, Defendants have required him to sin,' by circulating the word 'God,' which Clayman believes to be too holy to be written out or pronounced.

In its 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores decision, the Supreme Court said that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993 required the federal government to use the least intrusive means to achieve government objectives. In the case of Hobby Lobby, the court ruled that making employers pay for their employees' contraceptive coverage in violation of their own religious views was too intrusive.

The same principle applies to currency, Newdow says. The government could accomplish all its financial objectives without forcing atheists to proclaim that God exists every time they pay for something.

Newdow is relying on the RFRA because the Supreme Court previously shot down a similar suit based on First Amendment religious protections.

In 2004, Newdow sued the Elk Grove, California, school district to get them to remove the words 'under God' from the pledge of allegiance. The words are an endorsement of religion, Newdow charged, and therefore violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

After initial success, Newdow's case was dismissed by the Supreme Court on the grounds that he - as the noncustodial parent of a student who was forced to recite the pledge - lacked standing to sue.

Three of the justices said that Newdow did have standing, and they went on to analyze his First Amendment claims. They said that the words 'under God' do not violate the First Amendment, but merely acknowledge the country's religious heritage.

The words 'In God We Trust' first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864, as a hopeful slogan during the Civil War. The words were added to paper currency in 1957, toward the end of the McCarthy period.

'Under God' was added to the pledge in 1954, at the height of McCarthy's influence.

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