Supreme Court Rejects Removal of In God We Trust from US Currency


The US Supreme Court declined to take up the case of removing the words “In God We Trust” from US currency and the Pledge of Allegiance, which then defers to the last court to hear the matter to establish where the case stands.

Court of Appeals ruling from 2018 stands

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case in 2018 that sought to have the words the words “In God We Trust” removed from all US currency. Therefore, the 2018 dismissal of the matter means the phrase will remain

Case brought forth by atheist groups

A man named Michael Newdow, an activist who brought the case forward representing clients in groups that identify as atheist. He argued that the phrase “In God We Trust” on currency was in violation of the First Amendment because it was governmental endorsement of religion and that “by mandating the inscription of facially religious text on every coin and currency bill,” the U.S. government turned his clients into “political outsiders on the basis of their fundamental religious tenet.”

“The lawsuit also argued that the phrase violated the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it forces ‘Petitioners (who are Atheists) to bear and proselytize that Montheistic message,'” the lawsuit  filed by the groups Atheists for Human Rights, the Saline Atheist & Skeptic Society said.

“Petitioners are Atheists,” according to statements in the lawsuit. “As such, they fervidly disagree with the religious idea that people should trust in God. On the contrary, their sincere religious belief is that trusting in any God is misguided. Thus, by mandating the inscription of facially religious text (i.e., ‘In God We Trust’) on every coin and currency bill, Defendants have turned Petitioners – among whom are nine children – into ‘political outsiders’ on the basis of their most fundamental religious tenet.”

“In God We Trust” on US currency began in 1864

A two-cent US coin in 1864 was the first to be stamped with what has become the national motto of “In God We Trust.” Congress passed legislation in 1955 that officially added it to both coins and paper money.