Friday, May 29, 2020

Supreme Court Issues Ultimate Smackdown to Atheists

The Supreme Court has struck down an atheists group’s crusade to eradicate “In God We Trust” from US currency.

The high court outright declined to review a legal dispute over the inscription, which first appeared on the two-cent piece in 1864. 

Per the Washington Examiner:

Michael Newdow, an activist who filed the case on behalf of a group of atheists, argued Congress’s mandate to inscribe the nation’s motto on U.S. money was a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits Congress from establishing a national religion.

But Newdow argued that “by mandating the inscription of facially religious text on every coin and currency bill,” the federal government has turned atheists into “political outsiders’ on the basis of their fundamental religious tenant.”

Newdow suffered a string of defeats in the lower courts, with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreeing to dismiss the case in 2018.

Newdow has mounted several challenges to what he claims is the government’s unconstitutional endorsement of religion. In 2004, he brought a case arguing the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the First Amendment, though was unsuccessful before the Supreme Court.

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