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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 13, March 28, 2010, Article 25

FEATURED WEB PAGE: IN GOD WE TRUST COURT OPINION

This week's Featured Web page is the March 11, 2010 opinion of the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals regarding the use of the motto "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins and paper money. The court ruled against the plaintiff, Michael A. Newdow, who had argued the use of the slogan violated the U.S. Constitution.

This case calls upon us to decide whether the national motto of the United States, “In God We Trust,” and its inscription on the Nation’s coins and currency, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000bb et seq, or both. We hold our decision in Aronow v. United States, 432 F.2d 242 (9th Cir. 1970), forecloses both claims. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s order dismissing this case under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions
/2010/03/11/06-16344.pdf



Wayne Homren, Editor

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