Court Dismisses Challenge To National Motto, “In God We Trust”

Sep 17th, 2013 | By | Category: News Posts


In God We Trust

Another challenge to our national motto has been defeated.

Reprinted from the Congressional Prayer Caucus:

A New York federal district court has dismissed a challenge to the inclusion of our national motto, “In God We Trust,” on United States currency.  Forty-one Members of the House of Representatives signed an amicus curiae brief in May, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice and the American Catholic Lawyers Association supporting the motto.

In dismissing the case, the court stated:  “The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect, and all circuit courts that have considered this issue—namely the Ninth, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuit— have found no constitutional violation in the motto’s inclusion on currency. . . . To [disregard those decisions] would be to disregard the dicta from the Supreme Court . . . . Taken together, they support only one conclusion: the inclusion of the motto on U.S. currency . . . does not violate the Establishment Clause.”

The brief the Prayer Caucus members signed articulated how “In God We Trust” is a reflection of the historical fact that America was founded on a belief in God and shows that courts have consistently upheld the constitutionality of the motto.  “The Establishment Clause was never intended as a guarantee that a person will not be exposed to religion or religious symbols on public property, and the Supreme Court has rejected previous attempts to eradicate all symbols of this country’s religious heritage from the public’s view.”

On November 1, 2011, the House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res.13, a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto and encouraging its display in public buildings and government institutions.  The resolution passed by a vote of 396 to 9.  Members of the Prayer Caucus will continue to ensure that evidence of our nation’s spiritual heritage is preserved in the public square.  


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