Atheists are on a quest to remove every semblance of God in America. Recently, they took their cause to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, their bid to Remove the words “In God We Trust” from American currency was shut down when the highest court in the land refused to even hear their case.
According to TheBlaze, “The phrase was first added to U.S. currency in 1864 on a two-cent coin. However, it wasn’t permanently added to all U.S. coins until 1938, and it did not become the national motto until 1956. By 1966, all paper money denominations had the new motto on them.”
The lawsuit was initiated by the organizations Saline Atheist & Skeptic Society, Atheists for Human Rights, and 27 individuals. Shockingly, nine kids were included in the lawsuit. In a common argument for these types of cases, the atheists claimed the utilization of the phrase “In God We Trust” on money violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. The frequently cited clause prohibits the establishment of a religion by the federal government.
The atheists who brought the lawsuit also maintained the famous phrase went against the due process clause in the Fifth Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1933. TheBlaze reported that “according to them,” the phrase “forces ‘Petitioners (who are Atheists) to hear and proselytize that Montheistic message.'”
The conservative media outlet went on to say, “The text of the case includes a letter said to be written by one of the 7-year-old plaintiffs, in which the child claims that ‘[t]he kids in my class want me to believe the way they do and sometimes they bully me. They point at the plaque [on the wall of the classroom that bore the motto in question] and laugh at me and even point at their money in the lunch line. I just want people to like me, so I have started pretending to believe in their God. It feels like I’m not given a choice.'”
On June 10, 2019, the Supreme Court determined not to rule on the case. So, the case’s loss in the lower courts will stand. Fortunately, the phrase, beloved by many, will be allowed to remain for the foreseeable future. In August of last year, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota ruled the words “In God We Trust” “does not compel citizens to engage in a religious observance.” TheBlaze noted that “In addition to the Supreme Court, Congress has repeatedly upheld the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ as the national motto.”
Last month, a small municipality an hour north of Houston defied the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation’s demands to remove a cross from the San Jacinto County Courthouse according to Fox News. When the relentless organization claimed that four crosses on the courthouse violated the Constitution and needed to be removed immediately, the community banded together. Fox News reported that “Hundreds gathered at a town hall and voiced their support for the crosses before county officials unanimously voted” to keep the crosses on the building.
The chairman of the local Republican Party, Dwayne Wright, posted a picture on social media depicting the town’s courageous act of defiance. The post read, “THIS is how we roll in San Jacinto County! Not only did we not cower to the Wisconsin Whiners, we Lit Them Up!” The picture showed the courthouse at night lit up by the illuminated protested symbols. According to Fox News, Wright “hopes the illuminated crosses, which are normally only lit up for the holidays, inspires the rest of the country.”
Wright relayed to Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes that the act of defiance was the town’s “David versus Goliath moment.” The local GOP chairman said, “We absolutely identify with David’s plight and we’re willing to toss that rock.” He went on to state, “Even a small, tiny speck of a community – when you come together and you share conservative principles – you can push back against any of these anti-religious groups. We don’t need freedom from religion. We need freedom of religion.”
While these two victories are promising for conservatives, they will likely spur on atheists to attack the backbone of American traditions more vehemently in the future.