Court: 'In God We Trust' on Money Is Constitutional

Satanist's lawsuit chucked out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2018 1:03 AM CDT
Court: 'In God We Trust' on Money Is Constitutional
Currency from a tip jar in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

A federal court has ruled that printing "In God We Trust" on US currency doesn't amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn't violate the US Constitution. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago made the ruling in a lawsuit brought by a self-declared Satanist, Kenneth Mayle. He argued that the motto propagates a religious view he opposes. A lower court had tossed the suit, citing a Supreme Court decision that a motto on currency isn't something people display prominently and thus are not forced to publicly advertise views that clash with their own, the AP reports. Mayle appealed to restore the suit, but the 7th Circuit refused, describing the phrase as a "historical reminder" of the nation's heritage. (More In God We Trust stories.)

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