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ICC Note: In yet another attempt to remove references to God completely from the public sphere, an atheist group us suing the U.S. Treasury Department to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from the face of paper bills and coins. The atheist group says the motto forces non-religious persons to make a statement of faith whenever using the currency. Three previous attempts to remove the motto have been struck down.  
3/15/2013 United States (Christian Post) – The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is suing the United States Treasury Department to remove the words “In God We Trust” from all U.S. currency, because they claim the motto is offensive to nonreligious citizens.
Nineteen plaintiffs and the FFRF filed the lawsuit, Newdow v. Congress in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 1. The civil action claims the motto In God We Trust violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
The plaintiffs’ claim that the motto is offensive and forces atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, freethinkers and skeptics to bear a religious message they don’t agree with, and are thus forced, when using U.S. currency, to make a false declaration regarding their religious views.
According to Dan Barker, co-president of the Wisconsin-based FFRF, a nonprofit organization that represents atheists and agnostics, the majority of Americans believe the motto sends a religious message out to everyone who collects or uses U.S. currency.

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