Best known for his Atheist views and attempts to remove any mention of the word “God” from the public, Michael Newdow, an American attorney and emergency medicine physician has filed suit again to have the words, “In God We Trust” removed from all U.S. currency.
In the past, Newdow, an avowed atheist and an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church has attempted to have recitations of the current version of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.
He also filed and lost a lawsuit to stop the invocation prayer at President Bush’s second inauguration and in 2009; he filed a lawsuit to prevent references to God and religion from being part of President Obama’s inauguration. In all cases, his lawsuits have been dismissed.
Now, U.S. currency is being targeted again in which many expect he will lose his case again and Newdow claims violate the non-existent “Separation of Church and State” clause and by filed against defendants Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Mint Deputy Director Rhett Jepsen, Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Larry Felix and against Congress.
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Newdow claims in his lawsuit that having the words, “In God We Trust” violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 although in December 2007, in a 3-0 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the inscription of the national motto “In God We Trust” on coins and currency against Newdow.
In his lawsuit, Newdow states, “By placing “In God We Trust” on the nation’s coins and currency bills, Defendants have substantially burdened Plaintiffs in the exercise of their Atheistic (and similar) beliefs by requiring them as the price to pay for using the nation’s money to proselytize for a religious claim that is completely contrary to their personal religious opinions.”
Interestingly enough, Newdow in his lawsuit document, outlines the history of Christianity going back to the days of the nation’s Founding Fathers. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two previous legal challenges by Newdow, who claimed the references to God disrespected his religious beliefs.
Newdow joins other hate organizations that are against Christians and any reference to God or Jesus, such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Mikey Weinstein, founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
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