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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 48, November 26, 2006, Article 25

IN GOD WE TRUST COURT BATTLES CONTINUE

Dick Johnson forwarded an article about the latest in the ongoing
legal battles over the use of the motto "In God We Trust" on U.S.
coins and Federal Reserve notes.

"Liberty Counsel has filed a legal brief in an effort to preserve
"In God We Trust" as America's national motto.

Atheist Michael Newdow has filed suit claiming that the motto
violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. He lost
at the District Court level and the case is now on appeal before
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

In 1865, Congress passed an act placing "In God We Trust" on all
coins. The motto has been used on paper money since 1957."

"Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said:
"Permitting a citizen to sue merely because the person is offended
by religious words goes far beyond the intent of the First Amendment.
Passive words cannot establish a religion. If Michael Newdow is
permitted to proceed with his claim, then the court would become a
'bully pulpit' for any malcontent."

Liberty Counsel, which is affiliated with Liberty University School
of Law in Lynchburg, Va., is a nonprofit litigation, education and
policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom and
the traditional family."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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