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Should ‘In God We Trust’ Be Removed From U.S. Currency? New Lawsuit Says It Should Go

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America was founded on the principles of religious freedom and a separation between church and state, however there are a few places–in the judicial system and on our money–that God shows up pretty prominently. But a new lawsuit aims to change things.

One lawyer hopes to get God out of the financial business, and has filed a claim to get the phrase, “In God We Trust,” removed from American currency.

In his filing, Michael Newdow explained why he’s not down with G-O-D.

“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,” he wrote.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit represents 41 plaintiffs from Ohio and Michigan, including several atheists. Newdow and company accuse the phrase of violating their First Amendment rights and are asking for it to be removed.

What do you think; should ‘In God We Trust’ be removed from U.S. dollars? Sound off!  

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  1. There are bigger problems for me to worry about as a Black woman. Something tells me they’re not too bothered about my problems. Why should I care about theirs?

    1. It is very had for die hard republicans to understand this as their president must be able to check of that he is Christian otherwise if he is not then they will to vote. Religion should be kept far a way from politics it is a toxic combination.

  2. What difference does it make? Why should a group of people determine what should or shouldn’t be place on money when others (probably more people) don’t have a problem with “In God We Trust” on our money? If they have a problem with it, they shouldn’t look at it.

  3. Before showing my views, I will outline the context. Many Founders were heavily Deist and some questioned the ideals of conservative Christianity. That is ironic since many far right Republicans praised the Founders as almost demigods, but the founders were less conservative on religious matters than Evangelicals today. Now, the “In God We Trust” words existed in the paper currency not because of religious fervor per se. It existed in paper currency during the 1950’s in the realm of the Cold War and McCarthyism. Since Communism have members who don’t believe in God, that phrase was placed in U.S. currency as a way for the West to stand up against Communism (and to proclaim the myth that the West has moral superiority in the world).

    Today, we have debates on religious liberty. I believe in religious liberty. I don’t want to live in a society where people are banned from expressing their faith openly. I do also believe in the separation of church and state. Many founders believed in Enlightenment principles from Voltaire, John Locke, and Montesquieu (who believed in checks and balances, the separation of church and state, free speech, etc.). Today, the Supreme Court has created the Lemon test to evaluate cases on religious matters. I view the phrase as inoffensive to me, but I understand how an atheist or a polytheist can be offended since America consists of people of many creeds including atheists too. I do believe in God. The question is whether the phrase violates the establishment clause. Aronow v. United States was one case that dealt with this issue. I respect both points of view. Yet, if the phrase is to be removed, then all references to God must be removed from every public federal building in America and it must be removed from the Presidential oath and all Congressional oaths. People must be consistent. Likewise, my faith is not hindered by words being removed from a piece of paper either. Either way, it won’t hinder my life.

  4. I don’t care either way. Removed or not Capitalism is still an unsustainable tenuous system that will eventually end. Maybe not in my lifetime but it will collapse and I fear that we have no alternatives.

  5. Get a life people. It’s been there for years. It is not bothering you that bad. I swear people find the time to complain about the most rediculous things. If you don’t trust in God, so be it! My money spends the same way each time.

  6. I’m indifferent. I would be more concerned about testifying under oath having to be, “Put your hand on a bible.” That’s an invitation to lie imo if you’re a nonbeliever. The assumption shouldn’t be that everyone is afraid of some sky fairy in a court of law for pete’s sake.

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