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Another attack on 'In God We Trust': Atheists take a stab at U.S. currency motto

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Atheists believe they have found the way to remove 'In God We Trust'

After a series of unsuccessful legal battles against the religious quote on U.S. currency, a popular atheist activist claims to have found a new and more effective way attack the country's beloved "In God We Trust."

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Michael Newdow plans to file a number of lawsuits, legally challenging the presence of the statement on the money. ThinkProgress, a liberal site, believes he might just win this time, using two courses of action.

"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). Unfortunately, because Constitutional principles can be twisted and perverted, the challenges to this practice under the Establishment Clause have, so far, failed," wrote Newdow in the Friendly Atheist Blog.


Taking from that point, he believes that the RFRA can be used to turn things around in their favor. He explained they could argue that the quote inscribed on the coins and bills poses no strong benefit to the government.

According to The Blaze, Newdow argues that the presence of the statement forces many Americans, as they believe, to "carry a message that violates their religious ideals."

During his interview with ThinkProgress, he stated that Christians would also feel the same thing if they were forced to carry with them something they don't believe like, "Jesus is a lie."

However, he noted that the problem stems from the fact that atheists are usually criticized and most Americans accept the statement's presence on its currency.

According to the ThinkProgress site, Newdow and his team unfortunately have a greater probability of winning this time.

One of the courses of action Newdow may take is arguing that atheism is a religion so they could claim exemption under the RFRA. The other is that Newdown presents the singular term God is questionable, due to the existence of various religions adhering to different gods and some of them to multiple deities.

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