Chicago – It’s a conversation that tops the list of some of the most passionate views people have about the topics of our day. The infamous “In God We Trust” adage on government buildings, federal facilities and of course, our money. It’s an argument that one self-proclaimed satanist, who challenged the placement of the “In God We Trust” on U.S. money, tried to make in a Federal court but the court wasn’t having any part of it.
Dark Lord devotee Kenneth Mayle argued to Federal Judge Amy St. Eve, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, that the motto violated the constitution, specifically that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
However Federal Judge Eve threw out the lawsuit brought forth, ruling that the “In God We Trust” slogan isn’t displayed prominently by people. Therefore she said “it can’t be said [people] forced to publicly advertise views that clash with theirs,” according to the AP.
The first legal challenge to the use of the motto on U.S. currency came in 1970, in Aronow v. United States. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case:
“It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise. …It is not easy to discern any religious significance attendant the payment of a bill with coin or currency on which has been imprinted ‘In God We Trust’ or the study of a government publication or document bearing that slogan.
Newsweek notes that the “In God We Trust” motto began appearing on paper currency 60 years ago this month, on Oct. 1, 1957.