An atheist activist is planning to file lawsuits claiming the phrase “In God We Trust” on American money is “offensive” and “unlawful.”
“It violates the first ten words of the Bill of Rights (‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion’) and it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),” said Michael Newdow, who is also a lawyer and doctor. “Unfortunately, because Constitutional principles can be twisted and perverted, the challenges to this practice under the Establishment Clause have, so far, failed.”
Newdow wrote a guest post on the Friendly Atheist blog last week, arguing that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act may help atheists challenge the phrase. Under the act, Newdow is claiming that the phrase is a constitutional violation.
“Imagine if Christians had to carry on their body something they disagree with religiously, like ‘Jesus is a lie’ — how long do you think that would stand?” Newdow told website ThinkProgress. “But atheists are so denigrated in this society that people accept this without a second thought.”
According to ThinkProgress, Newdow can argue that atheism is a religion and is exempt under the RFRA or he can argue that the word “God” is offensive.
In 2013, a judge found that Newdow’s claim that “One Nation Under God” violated the First Amendment was unfounded, according to The Blaze.
Publication date: May 20, 2015
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.