The Supreme Court rejected an atheist case Monday to remove “In G-d We Trust,” the national motto, from all coins and currency from the Department of Treasury.
Michael Newdow, the same activist attorney who tried to remove “under G-d” from the Pledge of Allegiance, lost his case, arguing Congress’ mandate to inscribe “In G-d We Trust” on currency was a government endorsement of religion and a violation of the First Amendment.
Newdow argued in his petition to the Supreme Court that because his clients are all atheist individuals or atheist groups, the government violated their “sincere religious belief” that there is no G-d and turned them into “political outsiders” by placing the phrase “In G-d We Trust” on their money.
The phrase was first put on an American coin in 1864, due to “increased religious sentiment.” It was added to both coins and paper bills in 1955.
Newdow also tried to silence prayer and any religious references at the inaugurations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.