SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Atheists’ Case to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Money — Doesn’t Even Comment on It

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The Supreme Court passed on taking up a case disputing the inclusion of the national motto of “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins and currency without even giving it a comment.

The highest court rejected hearing the case from a group of atheists represented by activist Michael Newdow that posed the constitutional question of whether or not the inclusion of the motto on U.S. currency “violates the Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment.

According to the group, it “perpetuates and exacerbates the political disenfranchisement of atheists,” who Newdow claimed were “the nation’s most politically disenfranchised ‘protected class.'”

The Establishment Clause makes it illegal for Congress to establish a national religion, and the national motto itself has appeared on all U.S. currency and coins since 1955 and was first used on coins in 1864.

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Newdow claimed in the suit that “mandating the inscription of facially religious text on every coin and currency bill” made those who choose not to practice a religion “‘political outsiders’ on the basis of their fundamental religious tenant.”

The attorney had faced a loss in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the suit last year, which stated that including the motto on currency “comports with early understandings of the Establishment Clause” and did not coerce people into practicing a religion.

The Supreme Court justices rejected the case without comment.

This is not the first time Newdow challenged the mention of “God” in American institutions.

In 2004, Newdow claimed that including the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the First Amendment in a case that did not go over well with the Supreme Court.

He also tried to prevent the phrase “so help me God” from being used by Chief Justice John Roberts in the inaugurations of former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and current President Donald Trump.

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Ahh so SCOTUS without saying anything has said we will not be pushed into violating the religious freedom by restricting /forbiding the phrase “In God we Trust”


Can you imagine how empty the person’s life must be who makes it their life’s work to remove symbols and monuments to a God which they don’t even believe exists? Sad and pathetic. Surely the same people who are offended to hear “Merry Christmas”. I always wondered if they would be offended if they were greeted with a “Happy Diwali” while in India. Or “Happy Kwanzaa” in Kenya. We should also travel to Egypt and rip down those Pyramids and the Sphinx. I don’t believe in those God’s and it is very offensive for me to see them! Sad, pathetic… Read more »


If we can no longer trust God, who are we going to trust?
Definitely not any politicians.


as an atheist that grew up in the bible belt…. I hate when they try to push their religion on others. with that said I FEEL that these things are PART of America and shouldn’t change just because some of us dont think/believe in a god. it never hurt my feelings to say under god or faith in god …what ever. I dont see it as religious I see it as AMERICAN!!! the SCOTUS was right to turn this away with no comment. courts shouldn’t entertain “special” ppl.


We should not cater to minorities? Think of the millions of Christians who would be offended if the words were omitted. If this country offends the atheists, there are other countries that would welcome them. This country was modeled after God; come freely in belief. If they don’t believe in God, they are not living freely according to the model of our country. Those who do not believe in God are separated from God. Those who do not believe in our countries constitution can separate and find a country that better suits them. Bet they won’t go!

Paul Nimz

There are many religions and many gods. If you don’t believe in a god then what difference does it make? Are you being forced to believe in a god by using US money?

Jane Coryell

I think that activists is my least favorite word.

Cosmo Lace
Cosmo Lace

the one nation under god was not added till 1954, guess there must have been a lot of ignorant people, as there are many gods and your god is not better than mine, god does not belong in school or politics, you don’t shove your god down my throat and I will not even tell you what I think of your god compared to other gods or no gods.

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