News by emailDonate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

In-God-we-trust-coins-main_article_image.jpg
Creative Commons
World News

'In God We Trust' to remain on US currency after Supreme Court rejects atheist challenge

by Eno Adeogun

Michael Newdow, an activist who filed the case on behalf of a group of atheists, said that inscribing the nation's motto on money was a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, which prohibits Congress from establishing a national religion.

He argued that the federal government has turned atheists into "political outsiders on the basis of their fundamental religious tenant".

 

The phrase "In God We Trust" first appeared on US coins in 1864, and Congress passed legislation in 1955 requiring all currency to bear the words.

This isn't the first time Newdow has challenged what he deems as the government's endorsement of religion.

In 2004, his case brought to the Supreme Court that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the First Amendment, was dismissed.

He also attempted but failed to block Chief Justice John Roberts from saying the phrase "So help me God" while administering the presidential oath of office to President Barack Obama during his inauguration in 2009.

Newdow repeated this attempt unsuccessfully for the 2013 and 2017 inaugurations.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate