Does "In God We Trust" Belong On Our Currency?
Earlier this week, a judge ruled in the case of a self-described Satanist who decided to sue the U.S. government over the motto. Kenneth Mayle, a 36-year-old Chicago native, argued that because he didn’t believe in God, his rights were being violated whenever he handled money.
Mayle insisted that by carrying around coins and bills with “God” on them, he was being compelled to participate in a “submissive ritual.” However, the judge didn’t buy this argument, ruling that the phrase "In God We Trust" does not amount to a religious endorsement.
As evidence, he cited a well-known 1970 Supreme Court case which held that the motto – though it does invoke God – is really a secular phrase with “no theological or ritualistic impact.” The judge further posited that “In God We Trust” is a “historical reminder” of America’s heritage, and thus should be allowed to remain.