Federal Court Rules ‘In God We Trust’ Will Remain on Coins and Currency
September 13, 2013 - 2:15 pm
Desiring more insight on this ruling, I turned to a friend of mine. Colby M. May is the senior counsel and director of the Washington office for the ACLJ. (This group has also taken the lead role in defending numerous Tea Party groups in the IRS abuse scandal. They are doing terrific work and always appreciate additional financial support.)
Here are two questions I posed to Colby along with his answers:
1. Do you believe that this ruling by Judge Baer will be the end of such attempts to strip the national motto from our currency?
The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the national motto was appropriate and its placement on the currency presented no Establishment Clause concern. Likewise, every U.S. court of appeals that has ruled on the issue, namely the Ninth, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C., has found no constitutional violation in the motto’s inclusion on currency. One would like to think that is the end of the matter, but when you are dealing with rabid atheists it appears likely that they will just keep on trying and wasting everyone’s time and resources.
2. Could the plaintiffs try to find another judge or different district that may rule in their favor?
Yes. There are eleven appeals court circuits in the U.S. court system, and each circuit has several districts. As I mentioned, every circuit that has ruled on the national motto, a total of four, has upheld it against Establishment Clause claims. The Rosslyn Newdow, et al., case was in the Southern District of New York, which could be appealed to the Second Circuit. If that happens, the overwhelming odds are that it would agree with its four sister circuits and deny the challenge. That would then leave six more circuits, so I suspect this will keep kicking around for a few more years.
On behalf of PJ Media, I would like to thank Colby May for his expertise on this matter.
Furthermore, if you are interested in knowing when and why the motto ”In God We Trust” first appeared on our coins, it was due to increased religious sentiment during the Civil War. However, the motto has only been printed on our paper money since 1957. Read more about this fascinating history at Treasury.gov.