30 May, 17:50

US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects "In God We Trust" Suit

US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects "In God We Trust" Suit

By Kells Hetherington

WASHINGTON (VR) —The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the words “In God We Trust” on American currency. In tossing out the lawsuit, the 2nd Circuit wrote, "The Court has recognized in a number of its cases that the motto, and its inclusion in the design of U.S. currency, is a 'reference to our religious heritage.'”

Wednesday’s decision did not satisfy the plaintiffs in the case, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, whose President Annie Laurie Gaylor declared, “the court has it all wrong.” Calling the decision a “…terrible distortion of the true history of our nation.”

“The framers of our Constitution...wanted no religion in government," continued Gaylor, saying that all but one of the original 13 American colonies were predicated on religion, and it was a terrible thing.

"You could even be put to death in some of them [the American colonies] for being the wrong religion. You could lose your citizenship. You could lose your rights. If you were the wrong religion in for example the colony of Virginia," said Gaylor. "The framers of our Constitution were very aware of the bloody crusades and inquisitions and the ties between religion and monarchy that had contaminated European government, and they deliberately separated religion from government wanting no part of that."

The Founding Fathers thought it was fine if someone wanted to believe in a god, but it wasn't for the government to decide, she said

"And they were primarily deists in the sense of the classical Enlightenment. So the court has got it exactly wrong when it says that this is a nod to our history. It's a disservice to our history," according to Gaylor.

Asked specifically, which part of the Constitution was violated by the words "In God We Trust" on U.S. money, Gaylor said the First Amendment and the “precedent of a godless Constitution.”

The case is not over. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has already filed an appeal in the case.

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