Judge Throws Out Case, Says 'In God We Trust' Will Stay On Currency
When the dollar bill was first introduced, a very important sentence was chose to be places on the bill. Those for simple words - “In God We Trust” - has caused quite a lot of controversy recently.
An Ohio judge named Benita Pearson recently struck down a case regarding the religious wording on U.S. currency. The plaintiff argued that the phrase “In God We Trust,” that is seen on American dollars, is a breach of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and places a burden on a person’s right to exercise religious freedom.
“Plaintiffs cannot demonstrate that the use of the motto on currency substantially burdens their religious exercise,” she wrote in her ruling.
California attorney Michael Newdow, who has been on a mission to rid the words “Under God,” from the Pledge of Allegiance and the main plaintiff behind this case, said in his documentation: “Plaintiffs either specifically do not trust in any ‘G-d’ (with NOT trusting G-d being a basic tenet of their belief systems) or hold G-d’s name so dear and exalted that to inscribe it on a monetary instrument is deemed sinful,”
Some commenters offered their own arguments on the topic: “Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion. It doesn’t matter if it violates free will or not. The words “In God We Trust” respects an establishment of religion. On that grounds it should be stricken from government currency.”