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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Atheists Lose Battle Against Motto

Here's some good news to celebrate. The atheists lost their court case against the "In God We Trust" motto on our nation's currency, coins and dollar bills. Several courts have already ruled that printing and engraving our country's motto on our money does not violate the U.S. Constitution, but atheists are persistent and tried again. They claimed that having to carry around a religious statement on the money in their pockets and pocketbooks violates their right to free exercise of their religion.

But a three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the courts have looked at this issue repeatedly and concluded that this is not any entanglement of government in religion but a general statement of optimism, and a "reference to the country's religious heritage." The Court then said, "Americans need not be forced to abandon their religious heritage simply to appease someone's animosity toward anything that references God."

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of governmental bodies opening their meetings with very religious prayers. We've had several favorable rulings about religion in recent months. The atheists charged that IRS was violating the First Amendment because of the many exemptions and privileges it offers churches and religious organizations, but a federal court in Kentucky rejected that argument.

I hope Christians are aware that our religion is under heavy attack, and when the atheists can't get a legislature to do their bidding, they try hard to win from supremacist judges. Unfortunately, there are many judges who believe they can re-interpret what they call a "living" Constitution and re-interpret it to accommodate their own biases. Americans have had public prayers said by our leaders ever since the Pilgrims landed in the New World, and we must not allow judges to try to wipe out our religious heritage.

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