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May 21, 2018

A group of atheists, filed a lawsuit against the United States Congress, the Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and, for good measure, the United States of America in a failed bid to invalidate the national motto from our currency. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Our national motto has appeared on our paper currency since the 1950’s, our coins since the 1860’s, and was first articulated as our motto by Francis Scott Key in 1812.

Recently in Ohio, a group of atheists filed a lawsuit against the United States Congress, the Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and, for good measure, the United States of America in a failed bid to invalidate the national motto from our currency.

First Liberty Institute represented The American Legion in a friend-of-the-court brief urging the court to dismiss the challenge to the motto.  Thankfully, that court has joined eleven circuit courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States in rejecting constitutional challenges to our national motto.

If a court were ever to invalidate the national motto, “In God We Trust” would have to be scrubbed from the walls of Congress, erased from our currency, deleted as the state motto of Florida, cut off of the state flag of Georgia, ripped off the backs of sheriff’s cruisers nationwide, and bleeped during the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Not only would that come at an enormous cost to accomplish, it would come at a detrimental cost to our history and heritage as a people.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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