April 2011 Church & State | AU Bulletin

A lawsuit challenging “In God We Trust” on American money has been rejected for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney Michael Newdow argued that putting the motto on coins and currency forces him to submit a religious message every time he uses cash. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not agree. Judge Carlos Bea said the motto has a “patriotic or ceremonial character” and “has no theological or ritualistic impact.” (The Obama administration also opposed Newdow’s lawsuit.) Newdow said he was disappointed the high court refused to consider Newdow v. Lefevre and vowed to refile the suit somewhere else. “A nation that holds itself out as a beacon of religious liberty chooses an exclusionary term as its national motto, and says one religious view is better than another,” said Newdow.