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Settled “In God we Trust” Stays

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In God We Trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782. Secularists have expressed objections to its use, and have sought to have the religious reference removed from the currency.

In God we Trust -Doing well?

A movement across the country to show “in God we Trust” is happening.

At least on Money “in God we Trust” is doing better

In God we Trust
In God we Trust

Printing “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency is constitutional, citing its longstanding use and saying it was not coercive. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota rejected claims by atheists.  While other courts have allowed the motto’s use on currency, Circuit Judge Raymond Gruender said it also did not constitute an establishment of religion under a 2014 Supreme Court decision requiring a review of “historical practices.”

Judge Raymond Gruender said the Constitution lets the government celebrate “our tradition of religious freedom,” and that putting the motto on currency “comports with early understandings of the Establishment Clause” without compelling religious observance.

“In God We Trust” began appearing on U.S. coins in 1864 during the Civil War, a period of increased religious sentiment, and was added to paper currencies by the mid-1960s. ((https://www.treasury.gov/about/education/Pages/in-god-we-trust.aspx))

In 1984 a Religion and the Constitution Debate by AEI

In this video you will see what was “In God We Trust” then and now.

May 22, 1984: This AEI public policy forum addresses the intensely debated relationship between church and state under the Constitution of the United States. Religion was a dominant factor in the thirteen colonies, which had been mainly settled by families fleeing religious persecution in Europe. Out of this background came the First Amendment to the Constitution, which declares, in part, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” — the establishment clause — “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — the free exercise clause. Under these clauses, can government support religion as one way of helping to sustain a free society? Should the Constitution mandate a moment of silent or vocal prayer during the school day? Should student religious groups in public high schools have the same rights as secular student clubs to meet on school grounds? Should creationism be taught in science education? Should there be tuition tax credits for those families that choose to send a child to private school?

Panelists:

Walter Berns — John M. Olin Distinguished Scholar in Constitutional and Legal Studies at the American Enterprise Institute Edd Doerr — Executive Director of Americans for Religious Liberty Henry J. Hyde — Representative (R-Illinois) Barry W. Lynn — legislative counsel in the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union Moderator: John Charles Daly

The late President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law making “In God we Trust”, the national motto in 1956 and it still stands on our money.

With 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, 3-0 decision upheld a Dec. 2016 lower court ruling, though one judge refused to join part of its analysis. The federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the use of “In God We Trust” on currency in May. Judge Raymond Gruender has been on U.S. President Donald Trump’s list of potential candidates for open Supreme Court seats.

In God we Trust
In God we Trust

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