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Religious phrases such as “In God We Trust” on currency and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance have survived court scrutiny, having been declared ceremonial and broadly non-sectarian. No student can be forced to recite the Pledge. Most courts, however, have refused to declare that recitation of the Pledge is unconstitutional due to its religious content. (It should be noted that these practices did not originate during America’s founding period. “Under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954.” The phrase “In God We Trust” first began appearing on coins during the Civil war but was not mandated on paper money until 1956.)

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October 2015 Church & State

Pugnacious Plaintiff

An Interview With Southern Baptist Minister Bruce Prescott, Who Successfully Challenged Government Display Of The Ten Commandments In Oklahoma

March 2015 Church & State

Symbols and Civil Religion

Courts Have Tended To Uphold ‘Ceremonial’ Uses Of Religion By The Government, But Critics Say It’s Time To Reassess

February 2015 Church & State

Myths Debunked

Religious Right Activists Love To Spread False Information About The Separation Of Church And State. Here Are Ten Rebuttals:

November 2014 Church & State

Oath Offense?

The Long, Complicated History Of 'So Help Me God' In The Military