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Federal Judge Throws Out "In God We Trust" Case Brought by Satanists

Will Maule : Jun 14, 2018

The motto, taken from Psalm 56:11, was first introduced onto the currency in 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was president.

(Chicago, IL)—[] The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled against a satanist who claimed that the "In God We Trust" motto emblazoned across U.S. currency forced him to spread the message of Christianity. Kenneth Mayle said that he could not switch to using credit cards as they were too "high risk." (Photo: Creative Common/Pixabay)

Despite Mayle's efforts to float numerous claims, such as a violation of his First Amendment rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Chief Judge Diane Wood said the motto "is one of many historical reminders" that a reasonable observer would not perceive "as a religious endorsement."

Mayle, who has said he may appeal the ruling, claimed the inscription was "an attack" on the rights of non-monotheistic believers, according to The Christian Institute.

In her clear-cut ruling, Judge Wood wrote that the "national motto" is "neither unconstitutional nor a violation of RFRA."

"We do so not because we think that the phrase 'In God We Trust' is absolutely devoid of religious significance, but instead because the religious content that it carries does not go beyond statutory or constitutional boundaries," she wrote.

This is not the first time that the national motto has come under attack from those who are seeking to eradicate every element of religion from modern American society. In 2013, the Freedom From Religion Foundation was also defeated in its case to remove "In God We Trust" from currency. The text, taken from Psalm 56:11, was first introduced onto the currency in 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was president...

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