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US lawmakers rally for 'In God We Trust'
The pledge, a daily ritual for millions of US schoolchildren, has referred to the United States as "under God" since 1954, when the US Congress added the words to the existing text as a Cold War rebuke to Soviet atheism.
But the American Center for Law and Justice think tank, backed by 41 Republican members of the House of Representatives and three Republican senators, has filed a "friend of the court" brief urging the case be dismissed.
The brief assails the lawsuit as a misguided "crusade" and says the inscription does not violate the first amendment to the US Constitution, which forbids the US Congress from legislating "an establishment of religion."
"While the First Amendment affords atheists complete freedom to disbelieve, it does not compel the federal judiciary to redact religious references in every area of public life in order to suit atheistic sensibilities," it says.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation contended in July, two months before the engravings were unveiled, that they amounted to "government endorsement and advancement of religion," while excluding nonreligious Americans."
What do you think- should In God We Trust be plastered all over government funded buildings? Should this be a consideration when they are being built? Does "In God We Trust" promote belief systems over non belief, and is that constitutional? What do you think?
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