Several atheist groups appealed a losing lower court ruling to take the words “In God We Trust” from US currency to the Supreme Court, but the justices have refused to hear the case. That means at least one and possibly all four liberal judges were against hearing the case.
That means the lower court’s ruling stands. Atheists have been trying to get God removed from our money for many years. They keep arguing that it is promoting religion.
But atheism is a religion, the religion of no religion, so you could make the case that removing God from our money would be the promotion of the religion known as atheism.
The national motto has been on all U.S. currency for more than 50 years
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.
What did the case say?
The lawsuit, brought by the groups Atheists for Human Rights, the Saline Atheist & Skeptic Society, and 27 individuals (including nine children), argued that the use of the phrase on currency violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, which forbids the establishment of a religion by the federal government.
The groups filing the lawsuit also claimed that the phrase was in violation of the due process clause in the Fifth Amendment, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 because it, according to them, forces “Petitioners (who are Atheists) to bear and proselytize that Montheistic message.”