Judge: 'In God We Trust' on money is not a re­li­gious en­dorse­ment

South Florida Times - - PRAYERFUL LIVING -

CHICAGO (AP) - A fed­eral court has ruled that print­ing “In God We Trust'' on U.S. cur­rency doesn't amount to a re­li­gious en­dorse­ment and there­fore doesn't vi­o­late the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Chicago Daily Law Bul­letin re­ports the 7th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in Chicago made the rul­ing Thurs­day 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 tossed the suit cit­ing a Supreme Court de­ci­sion that a motto on cur­rency isn't some­thing peo­ple dis­play promi­nently and thus that peo­ple are not forced to pub­licly ad­ver­tise views that clash with their own.

Mayle ap­pealed to re­store the suit, but the 7th Cir­cuit re­fused, de­scrib­ing the phrase as a “his­tor­i­cal re­minder'' of the na­tion's her­itage.

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