Federal Lawsuit Seeks To Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From U.S. Currency
A new Federal Suit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio seeking the removal of the phrase “In God We Trust” from US Currency because it violates the separation of church and state. There are more than 40 plaintiffs in the case.
The suit was filed by the California attorney Michael Newdow who previously fought without success to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. The present Suit contends that having the phrase on paper money and coins violates the constitutional rights of those who do not believe in God. Among the plaintiffs of this suit are organizations like Michigan Atheists and the Northern Ohio Freethought Society who believe that the use of the phrase on authoritative currency is offensive to their ideology.
The law suit further claims that having the motto “In God We Trust” printed on U.S. currency violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.