Appeals Court Upholds ‘In God We Trust’ On US Currency

DC: A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the federal government can lawfully print “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency.

Though the result is a victory for those eager to preserve vestiges of religion in public life, conservative litigators warn the substance of the opinion could redound to the benefit of progressives.

The plaintiffs are a coalition of atheists, humanists, and a Jew who claim the motto’s appearance on U.S. currency burdens their deeply-held beliefs, in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First Amendment. The non-believing plaintiffs say the inscription forces them to carry and spread a message with which they disagree, while endorsing a religious position they hold to be false. The Jewish plaintiff says the epigraph compromises his religious practice to the extent that it implicates him in the unnecessary printing and destruction of God’s name, which is sinful under Mosaic law.  read more

9 Comments on Appeals Court Upholds ‘In God We Trust’ On US Currency

  1. When Christian bakers can bake cakes for whomever they wish we might listen. Till then…eff off.

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  2. I suggest adding MAGA to all bills. Make America Great Again.
    Also I’ve come across $20’s with “TRUMP” on the White House Love it.

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  3. As a continuation of what Agustus says;

    “The non-believing plaintiffs say the inscription forces them to carry and spread a message with which they disagree,”

    Then send your money to me and revert to the barter system.

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  4. Next up: Carthaginians outraged, triggered by presence of Latin phrase “E pluribus unum” on U.S. money, due to the fact that their culture was destroyed by Rome.

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  5. Having to look at words you don’t like printed on currency, or statues long-ago purchased (or donated) by others in the city square is not the same as your being required personally to print words you don’t like on a cake, or supply your personal services or funds to support activities that are against your religion.

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