America was founded on the principles of religious freedom and a separation between church and state, however there are a few places–in the judicial system and on our money–that God shows up pretty prominently. But a new lawsuit aims to change things.
One lawyer hopes to get God out of the financial business, and has filed a claim to get the phrase, “In God We Trust,” removed from American currency.
In his filing, Michael Newdow explained why he’s not down with G-O-D.
“Plaintiffs either specifically do not trust in any ‘G-d’ (with NOT trusting G-d being a basic tenet of their belief systems) or hold G-d’s name so dear and exalted that to inscribe it on a monetary instrument is deemed sinful,” he wrote.
According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit represents 41 plaintiffs from Ohio and Michigan, including several atheists. Newdow and company accuse the phrase of violating their First Amendment rights and are asking for it to be removed.
What do you think; should ‘In God We Trust’ be removed from U.S. dollars? Sound off!