SAN FRANCISCO – An atheist who has spent four years trying to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from being recited in public schools is now challenging the motto printed on U.S. currency because it refers to God.
Michael Newdow seeks to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and dollar bills, claiming in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the motto is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
This story is just one more example of people reading something that just plain isn’t there. Nowhere does the US Constitution use the phrase “separation of church and state”. All it says is that “Congress shall pass no law…establishing a state religion”.
The Constitution grants “Freedom of Religion”, not “Freedom from Religion”. MSNBC is conducting a reader survey. As of 2:35 PM EST, there are 3.7 million responses, 64% of which say that our national motto should be left alone.
Should the motto “In God We Trust” be removed from U.S. currency? * 3710960 responses Yes. It’s a violation of the principle of separation of church and state.
No. The motto has historical and patriotic significance and does nothing to establish a state religion.
Not a scientific survey. Click to learn more. Results may not total 100% due to rounding.